PORTLAND -- Former Clackamas County sheriff's office spokesman Damon Coates was in serious condition Monday at Legacy Emanuel hospital, suffering from pneumonia.
His wife Tammy Coates told KGW that Damon has other infections as well. He was admitted to the hospital on Thursday with a fever and symptoms of pneumonia. He is on a breathing machine.
After serving as the popular and handsome spokesman for the sheriff, Coates responded eight years ago to a report of a disturbance call. He was shot in the face by a 15-year-old who had been described as psychotic.
Coates survived the shooting but the wound eventually forced him to retire.
Since then, he has become a fixture at classic car events, including the Portland Roadster Show last month. He had purchased a 1972 Nova just before the shooting. Friends and car enthusiasts came together to restore the car.
Tammy Coates said her husband hopes to recover in time to help out with a car show at North Clackamas Christian School.