Terry Lee Rolin, a 61-year-old man fatally shot on Christmas Eve, had been arguing with his older brother moments before in the Southeast Portland home they owned.
Rolin was found dead in the basement of a gunshot wound to his neck, according to witnesses and an autopsy done Thursday.
His older brother, Mickey O. Rolin, 62, suffered injuries from a fight with their distraught nephew after the shooting and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. No arrest has been made as the shooting remains under investigation, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said Thursday.
The victim had worked for Precision Castparts Corp. for 28 years and was looking forward to retiring in another four years, said his wife, Carolyn Rolin.
She and his friends described him as a compassionate man who embraced his stepchildren and grandchildren as his own, loved to fish and was a talker who could spend an hour taking out the garbage and chatting with neighbors. He had recently bought a new motorcycle for day trips.
The couple had split up about a week earlier, and Rolin had moved back in with his older brother.
About 5:30 p.m, Carolyn Rolin said her Christmas Eve was shattered when she got a phone call from her husband’s nephew, 28-year-old Terry Rolin, who goes by the nickname “little Terry.”
“He was hysterical and crying and said, ‘Uncle Terry got shot,”’ she recalled in an interview Thursday.
Carolyn Rolin drove to the house at the northeast corner of Southeast 67th Avenue and Rhone Street but wasn’t allowed in and didn’t know her husband’s condition for some time, she said.
A Multnomah County jury found a 64-year-old Southeast Portland man guilty Tuesday of fatally shooting his younger brother in the neck during an argument on Christmas Eve 2013.
Jurors found Mickey Omega Rolin guilty of the murder of Terry Lee Rolin, 61, during a seven-day trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
The brothers shared a home near Southeast 67th Avenue and Rhone Street. A nephew said he rushed downstairs after hearing his uncles shouting at each other and then two gunshots.
The nephew said his older uncle immediately confessed, saying something similar to: “I shot him. I shot Terry. Call the cops. Do what you’re going to do.”
Homicide Detectives have made an arrest in the Christmas Eve shooting death of 61-year-old Terry Lee Rolin. On Friday, December 27th, Detectives arrested 62-year-old Mickey Omega Rolin for murder with a firearm and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail. Detectives are seeking information from any witnesses who may have had contact with or seen the brothers during the day and early evening of Christmas Eve. Please contact Homicide Detectives Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or email@example.com, or Detective Mark Sponhauer at 503-823-0416, or firstname.lastname@example.org
The man killed last night has been identified as 61-year-old Terry Lee Rolin. The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy today and determined that Rolin died of a gunshot wound.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the domestic disturbance and shooting that led to Rolin’s death.