PPB Case #11-054666
Date: June 30, 2011
Subject: William Monroe, 20 (photo not released since he was not criminally charged)
Involved Members: Officer Dane Reister
On Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 9:55 a.m., Portland Police Officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to Lair Hill Park, located at 3037 Southwest 2nd Avenue, on the report of a man harassing kids attending a camp at the park. The caller reported to 9-1-1 that the man appeared intoxicated. As officers were en route, the caller reported that the man left the area on foot. A second caller to 9-1-1 reported that the man was armed with a pocketknife concealed up his sleeve.
Based on preliminary reports, officers located the subject, later identified as 20-year-old William Kyle Monroe, at Southwest Pennoyer and Naito Parkway. Monroe fled on foot up an embankment toward Barbur Blvd. He did not comply with police commands and Officer Dane Reister, a 15-year veteran fired (what he believed to be) a less-lethal beanbag shotgun four times. As officers were taking Monroe into custody, it was discovered that the less lethal beanbag shotgun was loaded with lethal shotgun rounds. Officers provided immediate medical care and called for an ambulance. Monroe was believed to be hit by 5 pellets and suffered significant injuries.
The Bureau conducted a thorough investigation and training review. On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the Portland Police Bureau notified Officer Dane Reister that his employment has been terminated for violations of Directive 315:30—Unsatisfactory Performance and Directive 1050.00—Less Lethal Weapons and Munitions. Pending criminal charges had delayed this action. Dane Reister died in 2015.