PORTLAND -- The man accused of shooting a Portland police officer and killing his K-9 partner faced a judge in court Monday.
Paul Alan Ropp, 20, was arraigned Monday afternoon on 17 criminal charges. Ropp's charges included attempted robbery, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, assault on a police animal, burglary and attempted kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ropp does not have a criminal record. Following Monday's court appearance, his friends and family told KGW they were shocked to learn of his arrest.
It's effected our whole family. This is 360-degrees away from who we know, a woman who described herself as Ropp's aunt told KGW. We don't know what happened, we're in the dark as much as everyone else. She described Ropp as a treasure and a gift.
Ropp was booked into the Multnomah County jail over the weekend after spending several days in the hospital.
Police said Ropp, along with 25-year-old Jamaell Diamond Riley and 20-year-old Steven Young, broke into a police supply store last Wednesday.
After a police chase through Southwest Portland, the suspects crashed their vehicle. Ropp fled and allegedly shot officer Jeff Dorn with an AR-15 assault rifle and killed his K-9 partner, Mick.
Ropp was eventually captured after a desperate, hours-long search, several miles from the original crime scene.
Ropp and the two other suspects have been linked to a weeks-long crime spree that included robberies and burglaries, according to police.
Riley was arraigned earlier on Monday and charged with burglary, attempted robbery, attempted kidnapping and unlawful use of a weapon, among other charges. Young was arraigned on April 18 and also charged with burglary, attempted robbery, attempted kidnapping and unlawful use of a weapon. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.