Grand jury indicts officer who accidentally shot man w/live ammo
PORTLAND, Ore. - A Multnomah County grand jury indicted a Portland police officer Friday night of assault in the third and fourth degrees after he accidentally shot a man with live shotgun rounds instead non-lethal ones.
On June 30 Officer Dane Reister shot 20-year-old William Kyle Monroe in his thigh and buttocks with a shotgun loaded with live ammunition instead of less-lethal beanbags. Police said Monroe was fleeing from them.
Police were called to the 3600 block of Southwest Barbur Boulevard after reports that Monroe was harassing children at Lair Hill Park and was seen with a knife.
Police said they didn't realize the mix-up until after the shooting, which critically injured Monroe. They said Monroe had been hit with five pellets.
Reister was placed on administrative leave after the shooting.
Police ammunition is clearly marked. Lethal ammunition is red and blue and non-lethal ammunition is yellow.
On Oct. 20 the Multnomah County district attorney's office tried to convince a court that the grand jury should also consider a charge of "negligent wounding" against Reister. But the court ruled against that request.
According to the DA's office, it will try to add that charge.
The grand jury heard testimony from 44 witnesses.
In response to the grand jury's decision, Portland police issued a short statement: "We continue to hope for Mr. Monroe's full recovery and we recognize that this incident has been extremely difficult for everyone involved."