Beaverton man charged with murder in Polk County road rage incident

A Beaverton man faces charges alleging he shot and killed a Tigard man two months ago on Highway 18 in Polk County.

A grand jury in Polk County indicted Justin N. McAnulty, 23, on charges of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering another person on Aug. 30, according to court records.

McAnulty is accused of fatally shooting 45-year-old Dennis G. Anderson on July 13, according to a statement Friday from Oregon State Police.

After police developed McAnulty as a suspect, the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team searched his residence Friday on a warrant, state police said in their news release.

He was arrested shortly after 4. a.m. and booked into Polk County Jail, where he was being held without bail as of Friday afternoon, the jail’s roster showed.

Police said in the release they are are still investigating the incident.

Anderson was headed to Lincoln City for day trip with his partner of 18 years, Brandy Goldsbury, when he was shot and killed, according to reporting from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Around 9 p.m. on July 13, state police responded to a report of a shooting on Highway 18 at milepost 15 near the northwest edge of Polk County, about 6 miles west of Grand Ronde, police said in a statement following the shooting.

Police learned Anderson was shot after a suspected road rage incident where he pulled over and stopped to let another car pass.

When the suspect car stopped next to the Anderson’s car, “the victim got out of his car, and multiple shots were fired from the suspect vehicle,” state police wrote in their July statement.

The shots were reported to have been fired by the passenger of the suspect car, which then left the scene, the agency said.

Anderson was declared dead at the scene. 

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.