PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 67-year-old Portland man has died after being hit in the head with a pistol by a neighbor who was mad the man had called him “cheap,” according to authorities and court documents.
Damian Lucas, 36, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Sloan, the Portland Police Bureau said Wednesday.
His attorney, Alexander Hamalian, didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
According to court papers, Lucas was at Sloan’s house on July 2 to repay a $10 debt but only had a $20 bill. When Lucas asked for change, Sloan joked that he shouldn’t be cheap, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Lucas shouted that he was “tired of being disrespected,” left and returned about 15 minutes later with a handgun and hit Sloan hard in the head, police said.
Sloan began to bleed out of his ears, said his head hurt and passed out on the couch, according to court papers. A friend drove him to the hospital about 10 minutes later.
Sloan had surgery but never regained consciousness. He died July 10 at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, according to police.
Lucas was arrested Sunday and police said he had the pistol used to strike Sloan in his possession. Lucas remains lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center without bail.
Sloan’s wife told investigators that she and her husband had known Lucas for about a year and that he visited their home several times a week before the incident.