April 16, 2014 15:15
The Portland Police K-9 Unit officer shot in the line of duty this morning is Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to the K-9 Unit Night Shift. Officer Dorn has consented to the release of his name prior to the standard 24-hour waiting period as his family has been notified of his injuries.
His canine partner, "Mick," suffered fatal injuries this morning during the shootout with the 20-year-old male suspect.
Mick just recently joined the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit after completing the extensive training program required to become state certified as a police canine.
Officer Dorn remains in the hospital and is continuing to recover from gunshot wounds to both legs.
Officer Dorn and his family are very thankful for the outpouring of support by fellow police officers, their families and the community at-large. The family is asking for complete privacy at this time.
Officer Dorn would like the community to know that "Mick saved my life."
"We've had two officers shot in the past month protecting our community. Today's incident is a reminder of how dangerous policing can be," said Chief Michael Reese. "I'm very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners."
"We are saddened by the death of Mick, but heartened that Officer Jeff Dorn is doing okay and is in good spirits," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "I visited Jeff and his family in the hospital this morning to voice our thanks for his service."
Several members of the community have asked if there is a donation fund for the K-9 Unit. Non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:
Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215
It has not been determined yet if there will be any public service to honor Mick after he was killed in the line of duty.
The community is encouraged to share their thoughts and well wishes for Officer Dorn and Mick on the K-9 Unit's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ppbk9
or the Bureau's Twitter account, @PortlandPolice. Use the hashtag #RIPK93Mick.
The Police Bureau would like to thank all of its partner agencies who responded and assisted.
Updates on the ongoing investigation will be provided when they become available.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204