UPDATE #3: Portland Police Investigating Assault in North Portland

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April 21, 2012 14:30

  

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UPDATE:#3 This assault has become a homicide. Today Portland Police Homicide Detectives attended the autopsy of 53-year-old Donald Michael Dennis. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that the manner and cause of death was blunt force trauma to the back of the head.

As this is ongoing homicide investigation no additional details are available at this time.

UPDATE:#2 The family of 53-year-old Donald Michael Dennis has been notified of his injuries. Dennis remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

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Detectives have identified both men last night involved in the fight on North Haven Avenue. The man in critical condition is a 53-year-old male whose identity is being withheld until his family can be located. The other man has been identified as 38-year-old Jonathan Richard Lund.

Detectives are still investigating the circumstances of the fight and no arrests have been made.

It is important to note that the injuries the 53-year-old man is suffering from were as a result of the fight not as a result of the Taser or pepper spray. He remains in critical condition but is expected to survive his injuries.

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This morning, Saturday April 14, 2012, at 1:23 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of a fight at a residence located in the 8900 block of North Haven Avenue.

The initial officer arrived and saw that the fight was still going on between 2 adult males. The officer asked for cover to quickly respond as the officer deployed both a Taser and pepper spray to break up the fight.

After the combatants were separated, officers determined that one of the men was suffering traumatic head injuries. Medical personnel transported the man to a local hospital and he is currently in critical condition. The other man has been detained at this point. There are no outstanding suspects.

Initial information suggests the two men know each other in some capacity.

Detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are at the scene conducting an investigation.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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