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A man prosecuted for homicide before is arrested in a Brooklyn shooting incident; he's facing trial again

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Charged with Attempted Murder, and three additional felonies, is 55-year-old Todd Edward Marchant - who has previously been prosecuted on homicide charges. Just before midnight on Sunday, September 13, shots were reported at 3043 S.E. 9th Avenue, a usually-quiet Brooklyn neighborhood street – and that brought Central Precinct officers into the area.

"I heard four or five shots, and then a woman screaming, 'I don't want my son to die, call an ambulance'. Moments later, there were two or three more gunshots," recalled longtime neighborhood resident Mike O'Connor – one of several nearby who'd called 9-1-1.

"I don't know who the woman in the house was speaking to, but she kept asking someone to call for an ambulance," O'Connor told THE BEE.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were dispatched at 12:05 a.m. on September 14, and O'Connor was told to shelter in place.

"Officers learned that the suspect was believed still to be in the area, so they formulated a victim rescue plan," reported Portland Police spokesperson Sergeant Kevin Allen. "A 40-year-old victim with gunshot wounds to the head and torso was located by officers; he was transported to a hospital by ambulance, where he was treated for wounds said to be serious, but which are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Assault detectives responded, and are investigating. A gun was recovered as evidence," added Allen.

In or near the house, officers encountered the suspect, 55-year-old Todd Edward Marchant, who was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 7:20 a.m. on four felony charges: Attempted Murder I, Assault I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon Possessing a Firearm.

At his arraignment later that day, Marchant learned he'd face all four felony charges, and he remains in a cell at MCDC in lieu of $510,000 combined bail. He has also been placed on a "County Hold" at the jail.

Long involvement with the law

Apparently, this is far from Marchant's first brush with the law. According to the Columbia County Spotlight, a sister newspaper to THE BEE, he was arrested in May 2009 after he fatally shot his neighbor St. Helens. In November 2010, a jury found him "not guilty" on new charges of murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide – but, the jury did convict Marchant on one charge of the unlawful use of a weapon.

Although he was sentenced to serve five years in Columbia County Jail, with credit for time served he was released in 2012.

Then, in September of 2017, Marchant was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, on second-degree murder charges – after he allegedly struck a man, and then strangled him to death, after engaging in a verbal argument at a hotel in that city. However, after successfully filing a "motion to dismiss the case without prejudice", he again walked free.

And, according to public records, again back in Oregon in St. Helens, Marchant was arrested on July 26, 2019, for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DWII) and was sentenced to jail, but he was released less than a month later, on August 21.

It is unclear why he had come to Brooklyn with a gun. As a previously-convicted felon, it was illegal for him even to have one.


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