Indictment of Suspect in 2011 Murder Case of LJ Irving

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January 27, 2023 16:48


A suspect has been indicted for the murder of Leonard James "LJ" Irving, who was killed on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted Jawuan M. Polk, 37, for Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree. Polk was already in custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on unrelated charges.

"I'm thrilled to hear that this tragic murder has led to an arrest," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "I spoke to LJ's mother today and she passed along her appreciation for the work of the detectives in the Homicide Unit. I agree, this arrest is the culmination of almost 12 years of diligent, meticulous work by investigators, and I am grateful to them for their tireless efforts to achieve justice for LJ."

Irving's mother is available for media interviews. Reporters can contact for contact information.


***Original Message Below***

June 27, 2011 23:08

On Sunday June 26, 2011 at 12:37 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to reports of a man shot at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street. Officers arriving in the area located a man deceased as a result of a gunshot wound. Officers located a second man suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. The second man was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition. A third man walked into an area hospital sometime later with a gunshot wound to the forearm.

Detectives have determined that there was some sort of disturbance that resulted in gunfire.

The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Leonard James "LJ" Irving. An autopsy performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Irving died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in this investigation. No arrests have been made at this point.

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762 or



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