UPDATE#3: Portland Police Bureau Statement On Officer-Involved Shooting

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March 07, 2011 15:44

  

On Sunday March 6, 2011, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Southeast 10th Avenue on the report of a distraught, suicidal 61-year-old man. The caller, 55-year-old Mari Kennedy, told the the 9-1-1 calltaker that her fianc? Ralph Turner was yelling that he didn't want to live and that he was alone at the location and threatening to hurt himself by taking pills. Ms. Kennedy told 9-1-1 that there were guns stored in the garage and it was unknown if Turner had them in his possession. Ms. Kennedy told 9-1-1 that she was getting all the information second hand from Turner's sister.

Central Precinct Officers Andrew Kofoed and Timothy Lowry arrived in the area at approximately 9:17 a.m., along with Sergeant Reed Hunt. Officer Kofoed attempted phone contact with Turner but did not receive an answer. Based on the information that Turner was talking about taking pills to hurt himself, the officers and sergeant approached the house on foot to contact Turner.

At approximately 9:22 a.m., Officers Kofoed and Lowry and Sergeant Hunt were outside the front door to Turner's residence, when Turner fired a single shot from a handgun through the door. The bullet went through Officer Kofoed's pant leg but did not strike him. Shrapnel from the door and/or door frame hit Officer Kofoed in the ballistic vest and also struck Sergeant Hunt in the hand.

The officers retreated from the door and immediately began requesting cover officers to respond. None of the initial officers returned fire at the suspect. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Hostage Negotiators were also requested to respond. Officer Kofoed broadcast that he believed he'd been shot in the abdomen and advised all responding officers to take hard cover as the gunman was still inside the residence.

At approximately 9:28 a.m., a 13-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau arrived and moved into Brooklyn Park and took a position on the Northwest side of the park behind a tree.

At approximately 9:32 a.m., Officer Sara Fox arrived at the corner of Southeast 10th and Haig and as she exited her car and moved to the north towards Officer Davonne Zentner.

At approximately 9:34 a.m., as Officer Fox ran towards Officer Zentner who was across the street from and just North of the suspect residence, the suspect fired several shots from a rifle at the officers. One of those shots struck the 13-year-veteran behind the tree. The officer was struck in the lower abdomen. Officer Zentner returned fire.

Officers Adam Barr, Richard Storm and Sara Fox immediately left positions of hard cover and rushed to perform an officer-rescue of the downed officer. They moved the officer to an area behind the Brooklyn Park bathroom then to a waiting ambulance for transport. The officer was transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Officer Justin Clary provided cover fire from his AR-15 for the officer rescue and to prevent the suspect from continuing to fire at officers.

Sergeant Troy King of the Hostage Negotiation Team was enroute to the scene and made phone contact with Turner. As additional officers continued to arrive along with members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), Sgt. King maintained phone contact with Turner and convinced him to surrender to police.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., Turner exited the residence and surrendered to officers. Turner was transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation on an unrelated health issue before being booked into the Multnomah County Jail last night on five counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder. The grand jury will consider additional charges against Turner.

Detectives are still conducting interviews related to yesterday's shooting. A Multnomah County Grand Jury began hearing evidence today. Detectives recovered several firearms and ammunition from inside the residence.

The suspect, Ralph Turner, is not someone previously known to police and has no known criminal history.

The 13-year-veteran police officer that was shot in the abdomen had surgery yesterday and has been upgraded from critical condition to serious condition and is expected to make a full recovery. His name will not be released yet as some members of his family are still traveling from a great distance and have been unavailable to be notified yet.

Officer Kofoed and Sergeant Hunt were not transported and were treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Several other Portland Police officers and sergeants were onscene and assisted with resolving this incident.

Updates on the investigation will be released as they become available.

Officer Andrew Kofoed is a 9-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.

Officer Timothy Lowry is a 9-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.

Sergeant Reed Hunt is a 26-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.

Officer Sara Fox is a 12-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.

Officer Davonne Zentner is a 4-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.

Officer Justin Clary is a 9-year-veteran assigned to North Precinct.

Officer Adam Barr is a 6-year-veteran assigned to North Precinct.

Officer Richard Storm is 12-year-veteran assigned to East Precinct.

Sergeant Troy King is a 17-year-veteran assigned to East Precinct.

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This morning, Monday March 7, 2011, medical staff at Legacy Emanuel Hospital has upgraded the injured officer's condition from critical to serious. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

Additional information will likely be released early this afternoon. The investigation is still ongoing with multiple interviews yet to be conducted. A Multnomah County Grand Jury will be hearing initial testimony today regarding yesterday's shooting by 61-year-old Ralph Clyde Turner.

Turner will be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. at the Justice Center Courthouse, Room #3, located at 1112 Southwest 3rd Avenue.

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This evening, Portland Police detectives booked 61-year-old Ralph Clyde Turner into the Multnomah County Jail on five counts of Attempted Murder related to the shooting of two Portland Police officers earlier today. Turner will be arraigned on Monday March 7, 2011.

Turner's photo is available at www.mcso.us

The 13-year-veteran police officer at Emanuel Hospital remains in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery. The 9-year-veteran officer that also received gunfire was treated at the scene and is home with family.

No additional updates will be released until at least mid-morning on Monday March 7.

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This morning, Sunday March 6, 2011, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Southeast 10th Avenue on the report of a distraught, suicidal 61-year-old man.

Central Precinct officers arrived in the area and received additional information that the man might have guns stored in the garage, but there was no information that he was threatening to use them. The information officers received was that the man was threatening to hurt himself by taking pills.

Officers attempted telephone contact with the man who did not answer, so the officers walked up to the residence to make contact with him. At approximately 9:22 a.m., the officers were met with gunfire from inside the residence and one of the officers, a 9-year-veteran, received shrapnel to his ballistic vest and suffered minor injuries.

The officers retreated from the door and immediately began requesting cover officers to respond. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Hostage Negotiators were also requested to respond.

One of the responding cover officers from East Precinct arrived and was making an approach on foot towards the residence to assist with surrounding the house when the suspect fired at him, at approximately 9:34 a.m. The 13-year-veteran police officer was struck in the lower abdomen. Additional officers immediately responded to assist the downed officer. Officers fired cover fire towards the gunman while other officers performed an officer-rescue to remove the downed officer and get him to a safe location. The officer was transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital where he underwent surgery.

At this point, the officer is out of surgery and in recovery. He is listed in critical condition.

SERT and Hostage Negotiators arrived and immediately began developing a plan to secure the area and to make contact with the suspect. Negotiators talked to the suspect on the phone and convinced him to peacefully surrender to police. At approximately 10:34 a.m., the suspect exited the residence and surrendered to officers.

Detectives have now taken over the investigation and will remain in the neighborhood for several hours as they process the crime scene and conduct an investigation into today's shooting.

No officer names will be released for at least 24 hours.

Updates on the investigation will be released as they become available.

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