OFFICER DISCHARGES WEAPON DURING TRAFFIC STOP
February 21, 2002 00:00
At about 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2002, a Portland Police Officer on routine patrol observed a Ford Escort near the area of Northwest 9th Avenue and Hoyt Street. When the officer checked the vehicle on his patrol car’s computer, the vehicle came back as “stolen.” The officer activated his overhead lights and stopped the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the officer discharged his service weapon in the direction of the driver who has been identified as 46-year-old Richard Lochner. Lochner was not injured in the incident. It was later determined that Lochner was the registered owner of the vehicle, which had been stolen and later recovered.
Homicide Detectives are conducting an investigation to determine what facts led the officer to discharge his weapon.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Detective Paul Weatheroy at (503) 823-0458 or Detective Cheryl Kanzler at (503) 823- 0865.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204