Troutdale shooting allegedly due to business jealously
A 66-year-old Troutdale man was arrested earlier this month following a standoff with police after he allegedly shot his friend due to jealously over his business success.
Robert Raymond Gillis Jr. was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Tuesday morning, July 14, where new court documents detail events that allegedly led to the shooting.
In an interview with police, the victim said he and Gillis met up on July 1 to drink alcohol and target shoot. After they finished, the friends made their way to Gillis' shop, which is located in his home in the 4400 block of Southeast 302nd Avenue in Troutdale.
Allegedly, Gillis left and returned with a handgun, which he fired three times at his friend. The victim said he at first thought it was a prank and Gillis was firing blanks because the first two shots missed. The third shot struck him in the chest.
Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene around 10:32 p.m. on reports of a shooting. They found the victim and transported him to a local hospital where he survived.
Law enforcement learned the alleged shooter, Gillis, was still on the property and repeatedly hailed for him to surrender. When he didn't immediately exit the home, deputies requested available SWAT members to assist. After about 45 minutes, Gillis exited the building on his own.
Gillis now faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
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