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Police name victim, suspect in Metzger homicide

Sgt. Bob Ray speaks with reporters on Wednesday following a homicide on Southwest Cedarcrest Street in MetzgerDeputies have released more information into a homicide investigation in Metzger on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Bob Ray, a spokesman with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the 7500 block of Southwest Cedarcrest Street to a report of an assault.

When officers arrived, they found Abdul Jamil Kamawal, 68, of Portland, on the ground concealed under straw outside of a house under construction in .

When deputies arrived, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue medical personnel were performing CPR on Kamawal. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

TroxellAccording to Ray, initial information indicates that Kamawal died from homicidal violence. 

Deputies arrested Michael Troxell, 27, of Portland. Troxell is not related to Kamawal or his family, Ray said.

Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team are assisting with the investigation.

The Oregon State Police Forensic Unit also responded to assist in searching for evidence and process the scene.

The Washington County Medical Examiner could not confirm the exact cause of death, Ray said. A shovel was recovered at the scene, Ray said, but it is not conclusive whether it was used in the homicide.

An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. 

Troxell was charged with murder and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is being held without the possibility of bail.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

Editor's note: This article was updated with a booking photo of Michael Troxell and photographs from our staff photographer.