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Homicide (Shooting) at 1031 N. Beech Street

January 05, 2003 00:00


On Saturday, January 4, 2003, at 3:27 in the afternoon, Northeast Precinct uniform officers were dispatched to 1031 N. Beech Street on a report of a shooting. According to the caller, who lived at the Beech Street address, he had just shot a man who came into his home. Upon arrival officers and medical personnel found a male black, who they later learned was 33-years old, deceased. The person who had called, identified as 33-year old Lonzall Tatum, was also at the address. Tatum was transported to the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division where he was later interviewed by investigators, charged with Murder, and lodged without bail in the Justice Center Jail.

An autopsy conducted Sunday, January 5, 2003, by the Medical Examiner's Office, revealed the subject had died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

According to investigators, Tatum and the subject knew each other and there is no indication the incident was gang related but was rather the culmination of an on going conflict or situation between the two individuals.

Update: The victim in Saturday's homicide has been identified as 33-year-old Ronald Buck Spencer of Portland

The investigation is continuing.



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