Suspect arrested in Old Town double murder investigation


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police Bureau arrested a 45-year-old man on murder charges in connection to the deaths of two people in an Old Town apartment building early Sunday morning.

Michael S. VanDomelen, of Portland, was booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on two counts of first-degree murder.

Around 6:25 a.m., officers responded to reports of shots being fired inside an apartment complex near the corner of Northwest 6th Avenue and Everett Street. When they arrived, police found two victims.

Paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene.

Police detained the suspect, VanDomelen, Sunday morning.

They said the victims, a man and a woman, will be identified at a later time after the Oregon State Medical Examiner confirms their names and contacts their families.

PPB did not immediately release details on the events leading up to the shooting. Police said these are expected to be the 71st and 72nd homicides of 2021 in Portland.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Jeff Pontius or Detective Steve Gandy at 503.823.0433.

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