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Portland police identify victim in deadly Buckman neighborhood shooting

Officers said Michael Fitch was found shot to death in Southeast Portland Sunday morning.
Credit: Family of Michael Fitch, via PPB

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Police Bureau has identified a man found shot to death in the Buckman Neighborhood over the weekend, joining a growing list of homicide victims in the city this year.

According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 800 block of Southeast Washington Street at 7:18 a.m. on Sunday. There, officers found a man dead on the sidewalk.

Police were unable to find a suspect at the scene and no arrests were immediately made in the case.

The victim was identified Wednesday as 40-year-old Michael Paul Fitch. His family has been notified of his death, and they've requested privacy in the aftermath.

During the investigation, Southeast Washington Street and Southeast Alder Street were closed between Southeast 7th Avenue and Southeast 9th Avenue. Southeast 8th Avenue was also closed between Southeast Sandy Boulevard and Southeast Morrison Street.

PPB is asking anyone who might have information about this incident to please contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-0433 and reference case number 22-74607.


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