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Today, Tuesday April 17, 2012, a Multnomah County jury convicted 62-year-old Ralph Turner of numerous felony crimes related to Turner's shooting of a Portland Police officer in 2011 and Turner's shooting at numerous other police officers.
Turner was convicted on 12 counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder, 10 counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and 1 count of Assault in the First Degree.
Turner will be sentenced in May. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chris Ramras of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
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 man. The caller told the 9-1-1 call taker 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. The caller told 9-1-1 that there were guns stored in the garage and it was unknown if Turner had them in his possession. The caller 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 Crisis 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., Officer Parik Singh (pronounced PAR-ek SING), 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, Turner fired several shots from a rifle at the officers. One of those shots struck Officer Singh behind the tree. Officer Singh 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 Officer Singh. They moved Officer Singh to an area behind the Brooklyn Park bathroom then to a waiting ambulance for transport. Officer Singh 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 Crisis 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.
Officer Singh recovered from the shooting and has since returned to patrol duties assigned to Central Precinct.
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 at the scene and assisted with resolving this incident.
Officer Andrew Kofoed is a 10-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.
Officer Timothy Lowry is a 10-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.
Sergeant Reed Hunt is now retired from the Portland Police Bureau.
Officer Sara Fox is a 13-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.
Officer Davonne Zentner is a 5-year-veteran assigned to Central Precinct.
Officer Justin Clary is a 10-year-veteran assigned to North Precinct.
Officer Adam Barr is a 7-year-veteran assigned to North Precinct.
Officer Richard Storm is 13-year-veteran assigned to East Precinct.
Sergeant Troy King is an 18-year-veteran assigned to East Precinct.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson