Chief Michael Reese of the Portland Police Bureau has reported that an officer involved shooting has occurred with one officer being injured by gunfire and a K9 in his department being shot and killed while protecting his partner.
Portland Police officers responded to a burglary in progress call to Blumenthal Uniforms, a police equipment store in the southwest area of Portland. Upon their arrival the officers observed three men exit the building and flee in a white colored SUV style vehicle.
The officers immediately pursued the SUV which eventually crashed into a utility pole. All three of the suspects bailed out of the vehicle and continued to flee on foot. Two of the suspects were immediately taken into custody after the crash and the third suspect continued to run.
K9 Mick was released to pursue the third suspect with his handler right behind him. K9 Mick and his partner, Officer Jeff Dorn, caught up with the suspect and Mick attempted to take the suspect to the ground. The suspect engaged Officer Dorn in a gun battle using an AR-15 style assault rifle.
During the deadly assault, Officer Dorn sustained gunshot wounds to both of his legs. K9 Mick jumped up on the suspect to protect Officer Dorn who was wounded. K9 Mick sustained a direct gunshot wound deflecting further gunfire away from Dorn. The suspect then fled the shooting scene.
Officer Dorn was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for treatment. Officer Dorn was conscious and talking with medical personnel, but his primary concern was for his K9 partner, Mick, who was missing. Officer Dorn remains hospitalized and is expected to make a complete recovery.
Sergeant Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau reported during his news conference that the Portland area has a 911 call back system that calls local residents to report an active police tactical investigation in their area. Residents are requested to stay inside and report any suspicious activity of persons in the area, clothing found in yards or possibly any weapons being found.
In this incident, that system generated many calls which were crucial to locating and arresting the suspect about three hours following the shooting.
After the suspect’s arrest, officers returned to the scene of the shooting and started their investigation which included a search for their missing K9 officer. Sadly, K9 Mick was located, deceased lying under some shrubs near the shooting scene. Mick was wearing a police tactical vest that identified him as a Police K9 but it was not a bullet resistant vest.
K9 Mick was a four year old male German Shepherd and was relatively new to the police force.
EOW: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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