March 14, 2014 17:05
Today, Portland Police Officer John Romero was interviewed by detectives as part of the ongoing investigation into Wednesday afternoon's shooting in Southwest Portland.
Officer Romero is in good spirits and is continuing to recover from his injuries but is asking for continued privacy as the investigation continues.
"The members of the Portland Police Bureau are touched by the outpouring of the community support shown to Officer John Romero," said Chief Mike Reese. "I walked around Wilson High today and saw firsthand the outpouring of concern and appreciation for the work he does at Wilson and the other schools he serves. School Resource Officers are out today in the southwest schools, engaging with kids to ensure they feel safe in their community. Today, the attention is on that; however, every day SRO's work to get to know kids and faculty to proactively look for ways to keep their school community safe. I'm proud of the work they do to connect with students, parents and faculty."
At the completion of the investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. Officer Romero will remain on standard paid administrative leave until the completion of the Grand Jury.
No additional updates on this investigation are expected until the completion of the Grand Jury.
Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Bureau's Use of Force Review Board (UFRB).
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204