Portland cop fired who mistook lethal rounds

Portland cop fired who mistook lethal rounds

Credit: Rod Stevens, KGW Staff

Portland cop fired who mistook lethal rounds

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by KGW Staff and Associated Press

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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 11:02 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Police Chief Mike Reese has fired an officer who critically wounded a man with a shotgun he mistakenly thought was loaded with beanbag rounds.

The Police Bureau said in a statement that Officer Dane Reister was notified of his dismissal on Tuesday. Reister shot William Monroe in June 2011.

Police had been called because Monroe, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was acting oddly by tossing discarded flowers toward children in a park. Reister was indicted on an assault charge and has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this year, the Portland City Council agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of Monroe. Daryl Turner, the president of the police union, declined to comment on the firing.

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