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Portland Police Officer Kills Blind Black Man With Mental Illness

The 36-year-old man shot and killed by a Portland police officer in a Southeast Portland home was identified Tuesday as Andre Catrel Gladen, a California native who had family in Portland, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was legally blind, according to relatives.

Gladen lost an eye at least five years ago when he was shot in the head with a shotgun, said his twin brother, Fonte Gladen.

Andre Gladen had been living with his mother in Sacramento and receiving disability benefits but came to Portland in December, said a cousin, Diamond Randolph. He was staying with Randolph, she said.

Gladen suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had been in and out of hospitals in the past, his relatives said.

He was last seen about 7 a.m. Sunday leaving his cousin’s apartment in the area of Southeast 142nd Avenue.

“He had been up, talking and everything was cool,’’ Randolph said. She said she didn’t know where he was headed when he left her apartment.

“He said, ‘I’ll be back, and then I never heard from him again,’’’ Randolph said.

By 1 p.m. Sunday, Gladen was pounding on the front door of a stranger’s home in the 9600 block of Southeast Market Street. He was dressed but had no shoes on and said someone named “Ernest’’ had told him to go to the home for help, said the tenant, Desmond Pescaia.

Gladen told Pescaia that he had been released from a hospital and someone was after him, trying to kill him. Pescaia offered Gladen some water and $10 to grab the MAX train and get some food, but Gladen wouldn’t leave and fell asleep on the porch. Pescaia called police about 2 p.m. When an East Precinct officer arrived, Gladen ran inside the home and fell on the living room floor.

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East Precinct Officer Consider Vosu followed and struggled to turn Gladen onto his stomach to try to handcuff him, but Gladen kicked the officer off and into a rear bedroom, Pescaia told The Oregonian/OregonLive in an interview. The officer, cornered in the bedroom, fired a Taser at Gladen after several warnings to get back, Pescaia said. Gladen fell down briefly but got back up.

Gladen then pulled a knife and went toward the officer and Vosu fired three shots from his handgun, Pescaia said. Gladen was taken by ambulance and declared dead at a local hospital, police said.

Gladen’s brother said his twin needed help.

“Why would he fall asleep at someone’s front door?’’ Fonte Gladen said. “This dude wasn’t looking to hurt anybody. … Instead of just getting help for the person, they just kill him.’’

 

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