Detectives link gun in suicide to Liberty murder

Mitra Mehrabadi was found dead at the Liberty Centre

Mitra Mehrabadi was shot and killed at Liberty Centre, October 22, 2016. (Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police detectives believe a homicide at a Portland office building is connected to a suicide that happened a mile away.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says 51-year-old Jimmy Morgan of Gresham shot himself as police approached his car Saturday in northeast Portland. The officers were responding to a report of a man with a gun sitting in a vehicle.

Hours later, police found 36-year-old Mitra Mehrabadi dead in the offices of Liberty Mutual insurance in northeast Portland. An autopsy determined she had been shot multiple times.

The Oregon State Police crime lab has confirmed that the gun recovered from the suicide was the same one used in the homicide.

Jim and Diane Morgan. (Courtesy)
Jim and Diane Morgan. (Courtesy)

Police believe Morgan killed Mehrabadi and then took his own life. The two were co-workers at the insurance company and knew each other.

Morgan’s wife, Diana Morgan, told KOIN 6 News their 2 families were close and often had dinner parties together.

Mehrabadi leaves behind a husband and 8-year-old daughter. Morgan leaves behind a wife and 17-year-old daughter.

KOIN 6 News Staff contributed to this report.