Ore. officer confuses beanbags for live rounds
Friday, July 1, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Officials in Portland, Ore., say a police officer who believed his gun was loaded with beanbags accidentally shot a suspect with live rounds.
Officer Dane Reister fired his shotgun four times, striking William Monroe with the potentially lethal rounds on Thursday. The officer was responding to calls of harassment at a day camp.
The 20-year-old Monroe remains in critical but stable condition at a hospital.
Police chief Mike Reese says Reister thought he was firing less-lethal beanbag rounds. Mayor Sam Adams said Friday that it was "a tragic mistake."
Monroe was shot at the city's waterfront, where he had fled and was confronted by Reister.