PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 32-year-old homeless man died Monday after being shot by a business owner who said the man confronted him and his wife, police said.
Investigators said Jason G. Peterson walked into Golden Key Insurance Agency on SE Foster Road near 82nd Avenue and confronted Charlie W. Chan and his wife about property he left outside that had gone missing, Portland Police Bureau said.
Peterson left the insurance agency, but when Chan went outside a short time later, he said Peterson confronted him again. The business owner reportedly shot Peterson once and then called 911 around 2:40 p.m.
Peterson died in the hospital later Monday.
Police said Chan cooperated with them and answered their questions at PPB’s headquarters.
He wasn’t arrested, but police said they are investigating whether he was licensed to carry a gun.
One man who works in the building said homeless people leave their belongings there all the time, including Monday morning.
He said he saw items being thrown out Monday and told KOIN 6 News he believes that’s what led to the altercation and the shooting in broad daylight.
A witness across the street, Bob Elles, said the gunshot “was like a firecracker.”
“We didn’t realize what it was until we saw the guy running out of the building,” Elles said. “It was scary because you didn’t know what was going on.”
Police haven’t released the name of the man killed.
SE 82nd Avenue reopened Monday night after a lengthy investigation.
The case will be presented to a grand jury.