Man allegedly used meth, ‘was hearing voices telling him to shoot people’ before double homicide: court docs

Source: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Oct. 27 2021, Published 3:39 p.m. ET

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An Oregon man who allegedly used meth hours before a double homicide said he heard voices instructing him to shoot people, court documents claim.

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Michael S. VanDomelen, 45, now faces charges of two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

On Oct. 24 just before 6:30 a.m., police responded to a Portland apartment complex after reports a resident named “Mike’ allegedly fired shots in a third-floor residence, KOIN reported, citing the court documents.

Officers found VanDomelen on the scene and an open apartment door. Inside they found the bodies of a man and woman who had been fatally shot, the documents show.

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VanDomelen allegedly had two loaded 9 mm magazines as well as a 9 mm handgun in his pocket.

Officers wrote in the documents that the murder suspect allegedly confessed to both a resident witness and police that he committed the deadly shootings, according to the court records.

VanDomelen “said he had used methamphetamine several times in the hours prior to the shooting and believed he was hearing voices telling him to shoot people,” the documents state.


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