GRESHAM, Ore. -- A suicidal Portland father shot and killed his two daughters, ages 8 and 11, before ultimately killing himself during a confrontation with officers early Wednesday morning, according to Gresham police.
Jaime Cortinas, 42, shot his daughters, 8-year-old Janet Cortinas and 11-year-old Jasmine Duran, multiple times, according to the state medical examiner's office.
The incident began as a domestic violence call in Portland. Cortinas called his wife and said he had killed their two daughters and planned to set his SUV on fire and kill himself, police said. Cortinas' wife called Portland police at around 12:30 a.m. and said her daughters were with their father but she didn't know where they were.
At around 1:45 a.m., Gresham police found Cortinas' SUV in a parking lot near Northeast Glisan Street and 162nd Avenue. Cortinas was armed with a handgun.
Police said Cortinas set the SUV on fire and fired his handgun. That's when Gresham police Officer Matt Anderson fired at Cortinas, hitting him more than once, according to police. The shots were not fatal.
The medical examiner confirmed in an autopsy that Cortinas shot and killed himself.
Officers quickly tried to rescue the two girls from the SUV.
"Having to break windows to get inside, the officers located and removed the children, only then realizing both girls were already dead," said Gresham police Sgt. John Rasmussen in a news release.
None of the rounds from Officer Anderson's gun hit the girls, the medical examiner said.
No officers were shot. Multiple officers suffered minor injuries breaking into the burning SUV, including strains, burns and smoke inhalation.
"It's a horrible and horrific situation for all involved," Rasmussen said.
Girls will be 'deeply missed'
Janet Cortinas and Jasmine Duran both attended Glenfair Elementary School. Administrators said, "Both children were excellent students, diligent workers and will be deeply missed by their peers and teachers."
Glenfair students were told about the tragedy Friday morning.
Additional counselors and teachers were on hand to support students.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.
Resources for domestic violence victims
If you or someone you know is experiencing a dangerous or violent situation you can get help by reaching out to one of these organizations in Multnomah County:
- Call to Safety, a 24-hour domestic and sexual violence crisis line, 888-235-5333 or calltosafety.org
- El Programa Hispano - Proyecto UNICA - Linea de Crisis, 503-232-4448.
- The Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services, a drop-in domestic violence services center at 10305 E. Burnside in Portland, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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