Portland police shot man who struggled with mental illness, family says
The man shot and killed by a Portland police officer Sunday was blind in one eye and taking medication for bipolar disorder.
Andre Catrel Gladen, a 36-year-old black man from Sacramento, was in Portland visiting a cousin, according to family members. A witness, Desmond Pescaia, said Gladen knocked on his door on the corner of 96th Avenue and Southeast Market Street on Sunday afternoon.
Pescaia told OPB that Gladen was thin, had no shoes and appeared lost and despondent. Pescaia said Gladen also appeared to have soiled himself and was behaving erratically; Gladen told Pescaia he'd seen a man in a white hoodie on a nearby corner carrying a gun and needed to come inside so he wouldn't get shot.
Gladen's ex-wife said he struggled with schizophrenia. His sister said he was taking medication for bipolar disorder.
Pescaia didn't let Gladen in, but offered him a glass of water.
"And [he] knocked on my door two or three more times saying that some guy's trying to kill him, he's legally blind, he just wasn't making sense," Pescaia said.
Pescaia and his landlord called police before Gladen entered the apartment. Police confronted Gladen inside, and Pescaia said he eventually attempted to help Officer Consider Vosu subdue Gladen.
"He didn't listen," Pescaia said. "He was tased. He got back up two seconds later."
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