April 29, 2014 13:40
A Multnomah County Grand Jury has indicted three men for their role in a shooting that injured a Portland Police officer and killed a Police Canine.
20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp, 20-year-old Steven Jeffrey Young and 25-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley were named in a 30-count indictment. Ropp's charges include two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Assaulting a Law Enforcement Animal with a Firearm, and Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree with a Firearm.
The Grand Jury also determined that the officers' use of deadly force in defending their lives was justified. Ropp suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the head during the shootout.
Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year veteran assigned to the K-9 Unit, was struck two times in the legs by gunfire. Officer Jason Worthington, a 9-year veteran assigned to Central Precinct, was not injured in the shooting.
Officer Dorn's canine partner, Mick, was struck by gunfire and killed during the shootout.
Officer Dorn remains on paid medical leave recovering from his injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Officer Worthington will be returning to full duty.
As is standard in all use of force incidents, the Portland Police 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) at a later time.
Due to the ongoing criminal case against the three suspects, the investigation reports and all related material will not be publicly released until the completion of the criminal prosecution.
A public memorial honoring the service of the Portland Police Bureau's Canine, Mick, has been scheduled for Monday May 12, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
Thanks to a partnership with the Hillsboro Police Department, the memorial celebration will be held at Hillsboro Stadium, located at 4450 NW 229th Avenue in Hillsboro (along Highway 26).
Community members are invited and are encouraged to ride MAX (Blue Line / NW 229th & Evergreen Parkway stop).
Additional details will be released as they are finalized.
Police K-9 teams that are interested and planning on attending should contact K-9 Unit Officer Shawn Gore by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several members of the community have asked if there is a donation fund for the K-9 Unit. The Bureau has learned that donations are tax-deductible and 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
The City's federal tax identification number is 93-6002236, and there is an official notice on the Auditor's website if a donor wishes to print it for their records: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/38071
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204