The Hillsboro Police Department is struggling to understand why one of its officers was arrested for aggravated attempted murder.
In his first public statement on the incident, Hillsboro Police Chief Carey Sullivan said, "Our people have been affected both personally and professionally. Personally they struggle to understand the actions of a co-worker and friend. Professionally they take pride that they are often able to intervene before incidents reach this level and wonder what may have been missed or could have done to prevent this incident."
Off-duty officer Timothy Cannon was arrested on Jan. 20 after a domestic disturbance call at his Forest Grove home escalated into an armed confrontation with city and county law enforcement officials. Numerous shots were fired inside Cannon's home before he was arrested. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Cannon fired a firearm during the confrontation. A sheriff's deputy suffered a non-life threatening shrapnel wound. The source of that bullet has not been released.
In a statement released Saturday, Sullivan said, "Incidents such as the one involving Cannon tragically strike all of our communities much too often. Of course this one was much closer to home because it involved one of our own. "
Sullivan also said the members of the Hillsboro Police Department are continuing to perform their duties well, however.
"While this incident has proved troubling in many ways, the men and women of HPD are coping well and have maintained their professionalism while continuing to provide the highest levels of law enforcement services to our community," the statement said.
The Washington County Major Crimes Team is continuing to investigate the and additional information will be released in the future.