Portland to pay $2.3 million to man shot by officer

Portland to pay $2.3 million to man shot by officer
In this file photo, police display a beanbag gun, left, and a regular shotgun to show the difference guns being used for bean bags and live ammunition.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The City of Portland has agreed to pay William Monroe $2.3 million to resolve a lawsuit filed after a police officer mistakenly shot the man with live ammunition instead of bean-bag rounds in 2011.

The settlement, which is pending Portland City Council approval, relates to the June 30, 2011, shooting. Monroe was acting erratically and armed with a knife at a Southwest Portland park when Officer Dane Reister fired his "less-lethal" shotgun several times, shooting what was supposed to be beanbag rounds.

Monroe was hit by at least one live ammunition round. He was found to have five shotgun pellets lodged in his hip area.

The Portland Police Bureau on Tuesday issued a statement that it “continues to hope for Mr. Monroe’s full recovery and the Bureau recognizes that this incident has been extremely difficult for everyone involved.”

Reister was indicted in November 2011 on charges of third- and fourth-degree assault of Monroe. His criminal case has not yet been resolved. He remains on paid administrative leave.

Shortly after the shooting in 2011, Police Chief Mike Reese called it a “terrible mistake.”

Police said at the time protocol required officers to visually inspect each round before it is loaded into the gun. Lethal rounds are red and blue while less-lethal rounds are yellow and clear.

Police are supposed to load and unload the beanbag rounds at the beginning and end of each shift and they're not supposed carry any lethal rounds at all when carrying the beanbag gun, according to police guidelines.