Portland police arrest one suspect on murder charge in homicide investigation

Paris J McConville mug shot courtesy Multnomah County Jail

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a murder suspect Tuesday after she went to the police station claiming she killed her friend in self-defense.

Paris McConville, 34, is jail, charged with the murder of Ryan Thompson.

Court documents reveal a strange course of events Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. McConville reportedly walked into the lobby at central precinct Tuesday afternoon and told police that she killed someone in self-defense in an apartment on the 700 block of SW Saint Claire Avenue. She then gave police the keys to the apartment.

Inside, police found Ryan Thompson deceased. The medical examiner determined Thompson was strangled to death, then stabbed.

McConville told police she often fought with Thompson. Monday night, she said they got into a physical altercation and then she strangled Thompson, later stabbing him.

According to a probable cause affidavit, McConville told police that she killed him and needed to be punished, which is why she went to the police station.

The medical examiner determined Thompson's cause of death to be strangulation.

Several of Thompson's family members attended McConville's first court appearance on Wednesday. They did not want to comment on the murder.

McConville pleaded not guilty. The judge did not set bail and she will be in court again on Aug. 31.

Dustin Butcher told KATU News he was shocked and heartbroken to hear about the death of a friend he's known for more than 15 years.

"I met Ryan when I was 17 and we've been friends since. He always was showing me pictures of cars he saw in the streets of Portland and jewelry he was repairing and designing. He had a flair for the old school things. He always felt like an outsider in our community because he didn't fit in with the status quo. He was brilliant, kind, honest, passionate and an amazing friend. My condolences are with his family and with all our friends. I will miss him dearly," said Butcher.

The apartment manager said McConville stayed with Thompson in his apartment in the past, before moving away. She did not know McConville was back in town and said she was never on the lease. The manager said McConville was likely staying with Thompson the other night.

Courtney Fillion, who also lives in the apartment on SW Saint Claire, described an odd run-in with McConville just days before the incident.

"Just kind of a really intimidating, difficult approach. He asked if we lived here and if we've seen him before," said Fillion.

Fillion added that he often taped the door to allow him to get back inside without a key.

"It gave me some sense of closure knowing that person that I physically saw too is in custody," said Fillion.

Police say the manner in which they learned about the murder is uncommon.

"It's uncommon for police to have someone come into a police station and say they have located a deceased person, and find out through the course of our investigation that person is also believed to be responsible for the murder of the person they came to report," said Sgt. Chris Burley, a Portland Police Spokesperson.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate this case. Anyone with information should contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033 or Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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