Gun inside case goes off on TriMet bus; no one hurt, man arrested

Gun inside case goes off on TriMet bus; no one hurt, man arrested
Troy Edwin Robanske.

OAK GROVE, Ore. – A gun inside a case went off on a TriMet bus in Oak Grove Friday afternoon.

The bullet struck the floor of the bus. No one was hurt.

TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said it happened on the 33 line. The bus was near S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. and Concord Rd.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Sgt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said the gun fired when a man reached inside his carrying case. Deputies found the man, who left the bus after the gun went off, and took him into custody.

Troy Edwin Robanske, 42, of Gresham, was arrested and taken to the Clackamas County Jail, according to the sheriff's office. He faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

The sheriff's office described the case Robanske was carrying as small and appeared to be for a handgun.

Witnesses told deputies that Robanske reached into the case and then the gun fired. There were about 20 to 25 people on the bus at the time.

At the next bus stop Robanske got off the bus and deputies found him a short time later. Deputies say he first told them he didn't have a gun and that bullets had somehow gone off in the case. But deputies say they found a .380- semiautomatic handgun in a nearby restroom.

Police are still investigating.

When asked how the gun could have gone off inside the case, Wurpes said “It takes a high level of mental incapacity.”