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Woman, 52, found shot to death in NE Portland home, police say

Woman, 52, found shot to death in NE Portland home, police say

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police found a woman dead in a Northeast Portland home Saturday morning.

The Oregon Medical Examiner determined she died of a gunshot wound. She was identified Monday as 52-year-old Lori Lynn Erp.

Her husband, 56-year-old Lloyd Erp, was inside the home was taken into custody after he called 911, police said.

Someone who lives out of state called police early Saturday morning after receiving an email from Lloyd Erp. Police said the caller was concerned that Erp might be suicidal. Officers arrived at the man’s home, located in the 4200 block of Northeast Campaign Street, to check on him at around 5:40 a.m., but got no response from inside the home and left, according to police.

Nearly two hours later, Erp called 911 from inside the house. He said he was injured and there was a gun inside the home, police said. Officers kept him on the phone and convinced him to come outside where he was taken into custody.

"I saw ten, fifteen police officers huddled across the street behind a shield," said neighbor Ron Morris. "With a K-9 also."

Erp was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Neighbors said they saw him walk out of the house on his own.

Police said they went inside the home and found Lori Erp dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

No arrested have been made at this time. Lloyd Erp is in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound, police said.

Officers said they found the gun and are not looking for any other suspects.

Billie McKenzie, who lives across the street, said she didn't know the couple very well. She believed they lived in the house for about a year.

"I'm just so sorry that happened," said McKenzie. "I only saw, I mostly saw the lady. She was out mowing her lawn. I often wondered why she was the one out there doing that. I only saw the man maybe a couple of times."

KATU's Bob Heye contributed to this story.

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