Mill Park knife-wielding home intruder shot by police

Why a man barged into this outer East Portland home isn’t known. Brandishing a knife inside is what caused his demise …

Police arrive in the Mill Park neighborhood, closing down SE Market Street at SE 96th Avenue, after an officer shoots a man who was brandishing a knife.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The afternoon of January 6, After 36-year-old Andre C. Gladen arrived outside an apartment at 9610 SE Market Street, across from the Portland Adventist Academy parking lot, a resident asked him to move on.

Even after being offered some money to get home, Gladen still refused to leave, leading to the resident calling the 9-1-1 Center at 2:18 p.m. to ask for assistance. That’s what brought Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers to the area.

Neighbors speculate that this man, 36-year-old Andre C. Gladen, might have just been released from Adventist Health Emergency Department before the incident. PPB provided image

A PPB detective talks with officers at the scene.

“An officer arrived at the location and located the suspect, who then entered the residence, reportedly without permission,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley. “The officer, the resident, and the suspect were inside the residence. Based on witness statements and physical evidence, detectives understand that the officer deployed his Taser, which was believed to be not effective; and then the officer then fired his duty firearm, striking the suspect.”

Officers gave Gladen emergency medical first aid until medical responders arrived to rush him to the nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, disclosed Burley. “During the investigation, a knife was located inside the home, and seized as evidence.”

his is the martial-arts style knife that the suspect reportedly brandished at the officer before being shot.

The resident later told reporters that Gladen kept shouting the name of a man unknown to him. When the resident reportedly offered help, Gladen refused, and instead slumped in the doorway and nodded off.

When the officer arrived, the resident said that Gladen arose, ran into the house, and fell in the living room, where he struggled with the officer who began trying to handcuff him.

The PPB “Mobile Precinct” serves as headquarters for the investigation.

Gladen reportedly kicked the officer away and ran into another room. When struck with the Taser, Gladen got up, and pulled out the knife as he headed toward the officer, who then shot him.

According to a records search, Gladen had had several previous brushes with the law, including an out-of-state conviction for disorderly conduct, and possession of a dangerous weapon. Family members told reporters that he had mental health issues.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” Burley said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or or Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or

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