Man dies in Christmas Eve shooting in SE Portland

Man dies in Christmas Eve shooting in SE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man died in Southeast Portland after a report of a domestic disturbance and shooting with another family member Tuesday night, Portland police said.

Police on Wednesday identified the man killed as 61-year-old Terry Lee Rolin. The State Medical Examiner said Rolin died of a gunshot wound.

Police and paramedics arrived at the home in the 3600 block of Southeast 67th Avenue a little after 5:30 p.m. and found Rolin critically injured. Paramedics tried to save the man’s life but they were unsuccessful.

Police said Rolin lived at the home with another family member, Mickey Rolin. Investigators have not said how they're related.

Neighbors said they heard a heated yelling match and then gunshots.

"I heard a couple of shots," neighbor Lamar Mcgee said.

Police have not identified the person who fired the gun or said whether they fired in self-defense.

No arrests have been made as of Wednesday. Police said they are not looking for more suspects and they believe they have identified everyone involved.

No one answered the door when KATU knocked Wednesday morning. But neighbors and witnesses were still reeling.

"It just seemed so odd to me celebrating Christmas when something so sad was going on across the street," said Cindy Running, who was staying with her family across the street for the holidays.

Running said the argument got so heated, she could hear it inside her family's home.

"I heard horrible yelling, just terribly yelling and my son-in-law's a doctor and I'm an EMT, or was, and we both just kind of jumped up and listened for a while and I just said 'Oh my God, it just sounds terrible, just somebody yelling.' A horrible, horrible fight," Running said.

Running couldn't tell what the men were fighting about. She said her family was too afraid to go outside but she said Mickey looked upset.

"(Mickey's) always just been really wonderful and friendly and nice but I saw him sitting there - I'm pretty sure it was him - just sitting, looking really despondent," Running said.

Another neighbor, Alex Mitashev, said Mickey was "a really good neighbor and it's kind of sad that this has happened in our neighborhood."

By Wednesday afternoon, Terry Lee Rolin's Facebook page was filling up with condolences.

John Molzan posted, "Rest in peace brother. you have been a friend for many years and will be so missed. Prayers for your family."

Mary Pinheiro Saltsman wrote, "R.I.P UNCLE Terry Lee Rolin shot and killed last night - feeling sad."

KATU reached out to Rolin's family. Messages were not immediately returned.

Homicide detectives and criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are investigating the incident.