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A Black man who was legally blind and suffered from mental illness has been shot and killed by a Portland police officer.

36-year-old Andre Catrel Gladen was gunned down by a Portland police officer in a Southeast Portland home on Sunday. He was identified on Tuesday.

 According to his family, Gladen suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and lost an eye over five years ago after he was shot in the head with a shotgun.

“He had been up, talking and everything was cool,’’ his cousin Diamond Randolph told the Oregonian. She was the last person to see him alive.

“He said, ‘I’ll be back, and then I never heard from him again.’’ 

Early Sunday afternoon, Gladen was pounding on the front door of a stranger’s home, citing somebody named "Ernest" sent him for help. He was barefoot at the time.

His neighbor Desmond Pescaia offered Gladen some water and $10 to grab the MAX train and get some food. Gladen did not leave and instead he fell asleep on the porch. Pescaia then called the police. Gladen ran into his home when the cops arrived. 

East Precinct Officer Consider Vosu claims that he tried to handcuff him, but Gladen kicked him off and into a rear bedroom. The officer then fired a Taser at Gladen after several warnings to get back, Pescaia said. Gladen fell down but got back up.

It is then alleged that Gladen pulled a knife and started toward the officer who then fired three shots from his handgun, Pescaia said. 

“Why would he fall asleep at someone’s front door?’’ Fonte Gladen, his ton brother said. "This dude wasn’t looking to hurt anybody. ... Instead of just getting help for the person, they just kill him.’’