Docs: Suspect in downtown murder investigation shot

Diego Tejeda-Manzo found dead November 7 near PSU

David Brown, 26, and Nicholas Hannan, 19, both appeared in a Multnomah County court to face charges in connection to a shooting death near PSU, December 4, 2017 (KOIN)
David Brown, 26, and Nicholas Hannan, 19, both appeared in a Multnomah County court to face charges in connection to a shooting death near PSU, December 4, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – New details have been released about the death of a 21-year-old man who was found dead feet from the Portland State University campus.

Police found Diego Tejeda-Manzo dead around 1 a.m. on Nov. 7 in the 900 block of Southwest Montgomery Street.

Nicholas Hannan and David Brown were quickly identified as suspects in the case.

While police were in the very early stages of the investigation, they got reports that a man with a gunshot wound had been dropped off by a large black SUV at a hospital in Tualatin, according to court documents. Officers responded and spoke with Brown.

Police spoke with Brown who admitted he carried Hannan into the hospital and confessed to being involved in a “scuffle” with Tejeda-Manzo, according to court documents. According to Brown’s account, he had met Tejeda-Manzo about two weeks prior to the shooting, but only knew him by “Diego.”

Brown told police he punched Tejeda-Manzo during the scuffle and was pulled off by one of the three other people he was with, according to court documents.

“[Brown] stated that gunfire was exchanged and the victim shot first followed by [Hannan] shooting his gun,” according to court documents.

Brown also admitted that he owned a black SUV and that he had last seen the gun inside the center console.

An autopsy confirmed Tejeda-Manzo died of a single gunshot wound. He also had “significant signs of trauma to his face and head, including more than one abrasion pattern possibly consistent with shoe treads.”

During the initial phase of the investigation, police spoke with several witnesses who told them that prior to the shooting, Tejeda-Manzo was inside a sandwich shop. Witnesses said that once he left, there was confrontation with Tejeda-Manzo and “3 or 4 men” and that he was attacked.

Police located a gun and phone near Tejeda-Manzo’s body, according to court documents.

After the shooting, witnesses told police that the suspects ran away from the scene.

On Dec. 1, a Multnomah County grand jury handed down a one count indictment against Brown. He is charged with third-degree assault and pleaded not guilty at his December 4 court appearance.

Hannan is charged with murder, unlawful use of a weapon and third-degree assault. He did not enter a plea and is represented by criminal defense attorney Jason Short.

Both men are expected back in court January 2, 2018.