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Fairview suicide linked to Beaverton house fire

A Beaverton man shot and killed himself at Chinook Landing Tuesday


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE -  - A fire engulfed a Beaverton residence early Tuesday morning. The man who escaped the fire later committed suicide at a park in Fairview.A 57-year-old Beaverton man is suspected of burning down his house early Tuesday morning before turning a rifle on himself later that afternoon at Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview.

Fairview police discovered the body of Paul Satterberg inside a car down an embankment.

His official cause of death was not available as of Thursday morning, said Tom Shappelle, deputy medical examiner for Multnomah County, but Sgt. Gary Kirby of Fairview Police reported he appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

At around 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, Fairview Police responded to a report of a suspicious man who was driving alone in the parking lot of Chinook Landing, 5201 N.E. 223rd Ave., Kirby said.

The man reportedly had a rifle and had given a stranger an unknown amount of money. He told the person he was dying of cancer and “not to believe what they would say about him,” police said.

Earlier Tuesday around 6:20 a.m., a woman awoke to her neighbor's house on fire in the 6200 block of Southwest Timberland Plaza in Beaverton. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded and quickly put out the fire, which engulfed the home with flames and billowed black smoke, causing about $250,000 in damages.

Fire crews searched the home, determining the adult resident had exited safely, as reported by the Beaverton Valley Times. The fire also displaced a pet.

Damage to the home made it difficult for fire officials to determine the cause of fire, said Piseph Pich, spokesman for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, but they believe it started in the back corner of the home.

Beaverton Police spokesman Officer Mike Rowe confirmed the home belonged to Satterberg and police spoke with the man after he escaped the fire.

Later that day, a Fairview officer encountered a man driving in the Chinook Landing parking lot.

According to a police report, the officer tried to make contact with the driver, but the car drove toward an exit. Then it unexpectedly reversed toward a school bus filled with children, police said.

As a precaution, the officer drove his patrol car between the bus and the car.

No one on the school bus saw the incident nor were injured, police said.

The driver suddenly drove forward to exit the park. Within a few seconds, the officer reported heard a gunshot from inside the car.

The car drifted before it barreled down an embankment into a wetland and stopped, police said.

Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson said police know of no motive that would have led Satterburg to commit suicide.




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