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Suspect identified in Sunday shooting that left one dead, one injured

One woman was fatally shot and later died at a hospital. Another female victim was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police have released the identity of the suspect in an April 10 shooting in downtown Portland that left one woman dead and another injured.

Kirk Clarence Mickels, 36, was booked in Multnomah County jail on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Kidnapping in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapons, according to a Tuesday news release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

A previous PPB news release on Sunday afternoon said a suspect had been taken into custody as part of the investigation into the shooting, but did not identify Mickels. Police released the name of the deceased victim on April 26.

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PPB officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting near Southwest Clay Street and Southwest 12th Avenue at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. When officers arrived, they found one woman suffering from a gunshot wound, and she later died at the hospital.

A second woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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A probable cause affidavit filed April 11 in Multnomah County Circuit Court states that surveillance video showed two women entering Mickels' apartment on Southwest Clay Street on April 10, then later showed them leaving and returning with items in hand, and one of them appeared to be carrying a large metal rod.

The three people remained together for a while, according to the affidavit, during which time they smoked meth. At some point a dispute apparently arose among the group, according to the affidavit, and Mickels allegedly struck one victim with a gun and then shot the other victim. 

He then called 911 and reported that two people invaded his home and he "ended up shooting one of them," according to the affidavit, and that they had attempted to pull a knife and rob him.

PPB is asking anyone with information about this shooting to contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0433 or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.gov.


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