PORTLAND, Ore. – A necropsy performed on a police dog shot and killed in the the line of duty earlier this month revealed the dog was in the air and shot at close range, according the state’s former chief medical examiner, Dr. Larry Lewman, who performed the necropsy.
“He was in the air, very close to the guy,” Lewman told KATU. “The muzzle of the gun was within six inches. He was hit by a high-speed missile.”
Mick, the police dog, had been trained to chase and pounce on his subject, which is what he appeared to be doing.
Law enforcement officials told KATU that by being in the air, on top of his subject, Mick saved the life of his partner, Portland police Officer Jeffrey Dorn, whom police say was shot and injured by a suspect.
In a statement after the shooting, Dorn said he believed that Mick had saved his life.
A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted three men on charges, police said Tuesday.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the grand jury also determined that a police officer was justified in shooting a suspect. That suspect, 20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp, was hit in the head by gunfire. He survived.
Ropp faces charges that include two counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, second-degree assault with a firearm, assaulting a law enforcement animal with a firearm and first-degree aggravated animal abuse in the first degree with a firearm.
Also indicted were 20-year-old Steven Jeffrey Young and 25-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley. Both suspects pleaded not guilty Monday. Their trials are scheduled to start in June.
Ropp pleaded not guilty to charges last week.
The shootout happened Wednesday, April 16 after police say the suspects fled from a burglary at Blumenthal's Uniform and Equipment in Southwest Portland. Police believe Ropp was the driver in the getaway SUV. He crashed it on Capitol Highway.
After the crash, Ropp got out of the driver's side of the car holding an AR-15 rifle, according to court documents. He tried to run away. Officer Jeffrey Dorn and his K-9 partner, Mick, arrived at the scene and Dorn released Mick to chase down Ropp. But police say Ropp shot Mick to death and Dorn in both legs.
There will be a public memorial for Mick on Monday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Hillsboro Stadium, which is located at 4450 N.W. 229th Avenue in Hillsboro.
According to Portland police, Dorn is on paid medical leave as he recovers from his injuries. Police say he is expected to make a full recovery.
Portland police say they will conduct an internal review of the shooting and the case will go before the bureau’s Use of Force Review Board.