UPDATE #2-Suspect booked-Update on Wednesday Morning Shooting of Police Officer and Canine in Southwest Portland (Photo)

April 24, 2014 08:27

  

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The picture which initially went through was for the original message. The current picture is the booking photograph for Ropp. We apologize for the confusion.

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Portland Police Detectives have booked the individual suspected of shooting police officer and his K-9 partner into the Multnomah County Jail. Paul Alan Ropp, a 20-year-old male, is being booked on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault II, Assault of a Law Enforcement Animal, Animal Abuse I (aggravated), Possession of an Explosive Device, Unlawful Use of Weapon (firearm), Burglary I and Attempt to Elude (vehicle).

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This update provides the most current available information regarding the ongoing investigation into yesterday's shooting in Southwest Portland.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, shortly after 2:00 a.m., a Central Precinct officer responded to a reported alarm at Blumenthal Uniforms, located at 9047 Southwest Barbur Blvd. As part of his investigation, the officer requested additional officers respond. As officers responded, they focused on a suspicious vehicle and began to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle, a white Chevrolet Suburban, did not stop and a short pursuit commenced and concluded quickly with the vehicle crashing into a pole at Southwest Lobelia Street and Capitol Highway.

The driver of the vehicle quickly exited and two other occupants stayed in the Suburban and were surrounded by officers.

Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year veteran, assigned to the K-9 Unit with his canine partner, Mick, and Officer Jason Worthington, a 9-year veteran, assigned to Central Precinct began a foot pursuit of the suspect.

Very quickly, shots were fired by the suspect, Officer Dorn and Officer Worthington. Officer Dorn was struck two times in the legs and Mick was struck on his body.

A necropsy performed today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Mick died of a single gunshot wound. Mick fled after being wounded and was found several hours later, deceased under a nearby hedge.

The suspect, who suffered a non-life-threatening injury to his head, fled the shooting scene on foot and a large neighborhood perimeter was established along Southwest Capitol Highway.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Air Support Unit (ASU) responded and began assisting patrol officers in searching for the suspect. Other local law enforcement responded as well, including: Tualatin Police, Lake Oswego Police, Tigard Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Sherwood Police, Milwaukie Police, and Portland Fire & Rescue.

Calls to 9-1-1 by residents assisted police officers in locating the suspect in the 6900 block of Southwest Oleson Road. The suspect was contacted by SERT and taken into custody without incident. Officers searching the neighborhood located an AR-15 rifle and seized it as evidence.

The suspect that fled the scene is identified as 20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp. He was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.

25-year-old Jamaell Diamond Riley was also transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

20-year-old Steven Alan Young was transported to the Detective Division and was booked early this morning into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree.

Ropp and Riley are expected to be booked later today and all three face additional charges.

Officer Dorn was released from the hospital this morning and will continue to recover from his injuries. Detective interviews of both involved officers are in the process of being scheduled.

Officer Dorn is unable to accommodate any media interviews for the foreseeable future and is asking for privacy at his home and neighborhood.

Detectives worked through the night and finished processing the crime scene in the early morning hours of April 17, 2014. They are still in the midst of executing search warrants and continuing this complex investigation.

The Portland Police K-9 Unit would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support for Officer Dorn and the loss of their K-9 partner, Mick.

Mick's original name was "Dusty vom Langgarten" but was changed to "Mickey" by Officer Dorn's family. His name was shortened to Mick for street work. Mick was a purebred German Shepherd, imported from Germany.

The Police Bureau purchased Mick from Brett Titus through his company Tac-Dogs in Colorado, http://www.tacdogs.com

Mick was born September 3, 2012 and died April 16, 2014.

Mick passed his Oregon Police Canine Association Certification on March 5, 2014 which made him eligible to work the street. 9 days later, Mick made his first 3 captures in the same day on March 14, 2014.

Mick had 5 total captures before he was gunned down, including the capture of a burglary suspect for North Precinct officers on April 15, 2014, the night before he was killed.

Officer Dorn has been with the K-9 Unit since 2006, and Mick was his second police dog. Officer Dorn is also assigned as a K-9 Handler as part of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), and was one of several officers awarded the Medal of Valor for his heroic work on November 23, 2010, during an incident with an armed suspect on Southeast Cherry Blossom Drive.

The Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit consists of eight officers and two sergeants, each assigned a canine partner.

The patrol dogs are trained in suspect tracking and apprehension, as well as finding articles of evidence.

The unit averages approximately 1,000 high-risk applications per year and approximately 230 captures of suspects.

All members of the K-9 Unit train daily and devote most Wednesdays to train together as a unit. The canines all have ballistic vests that are used during known high-risk situations. They are not worn continuously as they are too cumbersome for the dogs to wear throughout their shift.

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.

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