UPDATE: Two Deceased Individuals Identified (Photo)

January 13, 2022 14:36


The two people found deceased in the 2100 Block of Southeast 103rd Drive have been identified as Karen Friedstrom, 74, and her son Justin Friedstrom, 47. Homicide Detectives at the scene determined Justin shot his mother, then shot himself. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death for both to be by gunshot wound. Karen Friedstrom’s death was ruled a homicide, and Justin Friedstrom’s death was ruled a suicide.

The family provided the attached photo for public release. The family does not want contact with media at this time.

Photograph: Karen Friedstrom



On January 11, 2022, at 2:40pm, an officer self-dispatched to conduct a welfare check on a female resident living in the 2100 Block of Southeast 103rd Drive. Officers arrived and heard what they believed to be a gunshot from the other side of the property. Officers entered the home and found a deceased female. An emergency alert was sent to area residents asking them to shelter in place. Supervisors at the scene consulted with and paged both the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).

Very shortly after the specialty teams arrived, they discovered indications that the shot they heard was of a subject shooting himself. SERT made their way to the area of the property from which the gunshot originated, and found a man deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After finding the bodies and ensuring there was nobody else on the property, the scene was converted from a tactical operation to an investigation. The alert to shelter in place has been lifted.

The identities of these individuals, as well as their cause and manner of death, will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit is at the scene and has assumed control of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Corona at (503)823-0508 joseph.corona@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jennifer Hertzler at (503)823-1040 jennifer.hertzler@portlandoregon.gov.


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