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Cold Case: Man shot, left for dead in Downtown Portland

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On Oct. 6, 1982, a man was found lying on the steps of a bank branch in the 300 block of Southwest Salmon Street in Portland.

Cold case investigators said the victim had been shot in the head. Paramedics stabilized him and rushed him to an area hospital.

"There were two or three witnesses in the area who heard a shot or several shots," said cold case investigator Mike Stahlman. "He did live for two days, he had the bullet in the head - President Lincoln kind of scenario - and he didn't make it; he died."

Detectives said the victim, Bruce Binford, 33, had spent much of the day job-hunting. They said he then went drinking at several downtown Portland taverns. He was last seen around 10 p.m. leaving a bar. 

About 12:30 a.m., witnesses called 911 to report a man lying on some steps that led up to a bank branch on southwest Salmon Street.

"His car was parked in a parking garage nearby, nothing in the car. No sign of a struggle, no anything," Stahlman said.

Witnesses told the initial investigators they saw two white men in the area around the time the victim was discovered. Witnesses described a man near the area who jogged across Lownsdale Park and then got into a Ford Pinto. 

Another witness described seeing a man wearing a gray, plaid suit and glasses in the area. 

"His clothing had been gone through. Contents out of his pockets, but again it could have been somebody just walking by," Stahlman said.

Forensic evidence has been turned over to the Oregon State Police crime lab for further testing.

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