PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man killed his wife and then himself in their Southeast Portland apartment Friday night.
Police responded to a shooting at the Amber Court apartments in the 2500 block of SE 141st Ave. just after 5:30 p.m. Friday and found a man and woman dead inside.
Saturday, officials said 42-year-old Maria Soumphonpackdy was shot multiple times by her husband, Jack Soumphonpackdy. The 60-year-old then turned the gun on himself.
She had recently filed for divorce, investigators said.
The area was blocked off for a number of hours as Special Emergency Reaction Team members launched tear gas, medics were brought in and PPB crisis negotiators attempted to make contact with the people inside.
The first responding officers entered the apartment and heard another gunshot. Not knowing whether it came from inside or outside, the officers retreated.
At that point, SERT and the Crisis Negotiation team were called in. Crisis negotiators were unable to make contact with anyone inside the apartment.
SERT then launched several rounds of tear gas into the home and after entering, found the man and woman dead inside.
“It’s crazy, stuff like this doesn’t happen out here that much,” said neighbor Diego Flores, who lived on the street his whole life.
He said police use of tear gas “wasn’t OK.”
Portland Police said no officers fired shots during the incident.
SE Division St. between 136th and 145th is now open.