Circumstances around NE Portland homicide murky

This is Portland's 10th homicide in 2017

Picture of Brian Spaulding as seen on June 13, 2017. (Courtesy photo)
Picture of Brian Spaulding as seen on June 13, 2017. (Courtesy photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Neighbors were left shaken after police discovered a dead 36-year-old man in what investigators said appears to be a homicide.

On Monday, officers found Brian Elton Spaulding dead in a home on the 3500 block of NE 10th Avenue. Homicide detectives arrived shortly afterwards.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Tuesday morning and determined Spaulding was the victim of a shooting. They ruled the death a homicide, however, police said they have no information about a suspect or why he was killed.

News of Spaulding’s death began to spread later in the day, leaving neighbors rattled and wondering what happened.

Picture of Brian Spaulding as seen on June 13, 2017. (Courtesy photo)
Picture of Brian Spaulding as seen on June 13, 2017. (Courtesy photo)

“Nobody heard anything, didn’t hear a gunshot. I’m home almost all the time,” Philip Wilborn, Spaulding’s neighbor, told KOIN 6 News.

Wilborn said he wanted to know if this incident was something personal or random.

“I just hope it’s not some freak that’s going around here doing bad things to different people,” he said.

Another neighbor, Barbara Roberts, said she is “shocked.”

“I’ve never seen anything that would’ve made me think it wasn’t just a normal house,” she said. “It’s just incredulous that somebody could be killed on my block in Portland.”

Police said they have no suspect information or real leads in the case, but they are hoping that someone will reach out if they know anything.

This is the 10th homicide this year in the City of Portland.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503.823.0991 or Detective Rico Beniga at 503.823.0457.

Picture of Brian Spaulding as seen on June 13, 2017. (Courtesy photo)
Picture of Brian Spaulding as seen on June 13, 2017. (Courtesy photo)