According to Monday's publication of the Oregonian, the Portland Police canine who died after being shot at close range by a suspect who was being chased by the authorities, will be honored at a public memorial today.
K9 Mick, a sable German shepherd, was killed in the line of duty in mid-April. The dog had been released to pursue a fleeing suspect by his partner and handler, Officer Jeff Dorn. The suspect, 20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp, shot Mick at nearly point-blank range as the dog was leaping into the air towards him.
Dr. Larry Lewman, who performed the necropsy on the dog, stated:
He was in the air, very close to the guy,”
The muzzle of the gun was within six inches. He was hit by a high-speed missile.
Officer Dorn was also shot in both legs.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the Hillsboro Police Department will permit the 10:30 a.m. ceremony to be held in Hillsboro Stadium, located at 4450 NW 229th Avenue in Hillsboro along Highway 26. Hondo Dog Park, next to the stadium, will be closed on Monday for the exclusive use of police K-9 teams attending the tribute. For safety, no animals (other than service animals) will be allowed into the stadium.
Individuals who would like to make a memorial donation for the K-9 Unit can make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:
Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215
Prior story about this incident here.
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