No apparent history of violence for alleged shooter, burglars

No apparent history of violence for alleged shooter, burglars

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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 2:56 PM

PORTLAND -- Friends of the men identified in connection with a burglary and subsequent exchange of gunfire that injured an officer and killed a K-9 Wednesday said they were baffled by the allegations. 

On Thursday, three men were named in connection with the burglary and gunfight.

Paul Alan Ropp, 20, who fled from the scene after allegedly shooting Officer Jeff Dorn and killing his K-9 partner Mick, suffered a head injury.

He was captured after a desperate, hours-long search, several miles from the original crime scene.

More: Officer shot, K-9 dog killed in SW Portland

Two others, 25-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley and 20-year-old Steven Young, remained in the vehicle and were taken into custody.

Young has been accused of first-degree burglary. Charges were pending against Riley and Ropp. Riley was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital along with Ropp.

But Thursday, friends said they were shocked by the allegations against the men.

Ropp, the alleged shooter, has no criminal history in Oregon. He is an international studies student at Portland State University. 

Riley has no Oregon record and Young has relatively minor infractions including a traffic ticket and a marijuana citation.

Young's girlfriend, Rachel Ernst, said she has no idea why her boyfriend would be involved in a crime spree. 

"He's the best guy I know," Ernst said. "It's like nothing I know. I know he's easy to influence and that's the only understanding I can think of this."

The incident began about 2 a.m. when police were dispatched to an alarm at Blumenthal Uniforms, 9047 SW Barbur Blvd., which carries items that cater to police.

The arriving officer requested backup and police spotted a suspicious white Chevy Suburban. The SUV driver refused to stop, and crashed into a pole at Capitol Highway and Lobelia Street.

Ropp, the driver, quickly got out and ran, pursued by officers Jeff Dorn and Jason Worthington and K-9 Mick. Quickly, shots were exchanged. Dorn was struck in the legs and Mick took one round, which killed him. His body was found nearby, under a hedge.

More: Mick exemplifies bond between K-9 partners

Ropp managed to run for several miles, encountering neighbors who called 911, allowing his capture in the 6900 block of Oleson Road.

More: Man describes encounter with rifle-toting suspect

 

 

 

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