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10 officers on leave in Forest Grove shooting

Jan 22, 2013


By The Associated Press

FOREST GROVE — Ten officers fired their guns during an encounter with a police officer at his home in Washington County and have been put on leave, authorities said.

A Washington County sheriff's deputy suffered a minor wound Sunday night, and Hillsboro Officer Timothy Cannon was arrested on an attempted aggravated murder charge.

Cannon, 46, was off duty at his home in Forest Grove, The Oregonian reported.

Officials haven't described exactly what happened. Officers responded to Cannon's home on a report of domestic violence. They entered the home and gunshots were fired.

Neighbors told The Oregonian they heard as many as 16 shots. One neighbor reported hearing eight in rapid succession followed by another eight.

“We're dealing with a situation following a very volatile domestic disturbance,” said Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove police.

Cannon, a 13-year veteran of the Hillsboro department, was treated for minor injuries. An arraignment was scheduled Tuesday.

His wife and daughter were not hurt.

The wounded deputy was treated at a hospital and released. He was not immediately identified.

Sheriff's Sgt. David Thompson said five Forest Grove officers, four deputies and a Hillsboro officer — not Cannon — were on paid administrative leave.

The Forest Grove officers on leave amount to a quarter of the city's force. Herb said the agency will use “creative scheduling” so that residents will not see a gap in service.

“We'll get through it,” he said.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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