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Formal charges due in Cannon case

Sealed indictment expected to yield murder accusation this afternoon


A criminal indictment against Forest Grove resident and veteran Hillsboro police officer Timothy Cannon is due this afternoon from Washington County Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon.

It's expected that Cannon will be formally charged with attempted aggravated murder during a 4 p.m. arraignment Wednesday in the Hillsboro courtroom of Circuit Court Judge Rick Knapp.

The contents of Hanlon's indictment will be sealed until the arraignment, said Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove Police Department.

Cannon, 46, was arrested Jan. 20 at his home near Forest Grove High School after an 80-minute standoff during which his wife and daughter were locked in an upstairs bathroom. Lisa Cannon called 9-1-1 and reported a domestic disturbance that night.

The couple's son, a third-grader at Harvey Clarke Elementary School, was not home at the time.

A Washington County sheriff's deputy and Tim Cannon were both injured during the incident, which unfolded as the most dramatic officer-involved shooting in recent memory, according to local authorities.

No one was shot or killed, even though 10 officers from three agencies, as well as Cannon, discharged their weapons. Herb said Tuesday it's still not clear how many officers responded.

"By the end of it, there were quite a few," he said. Cannon remains in the Washington County Jail on $1 million bail.

"Mr. Cannon will most likely appear (at the arraignment) by video," his attorney, Ray Bassel of Hillsboro, said Tuesday. "At that point I will know what charges we are dealing with. We will enter a plea of not guilty and await the police reports."

Key developments

There have been several key developments since Cannon was arrested at his home in the 1000 block of 37th Avenue 10 days ago:

n Hillsboro Police Public Information Officer Lt. Mike Rouches said Monday that Cannon resigned from that department Jan. 22, two days after the incident.

n Bassel, of the Hillsboro law firm Bassel & Rawls, was retained as Cannon's criminal defense attorney, replacing Alexander Hamalian of Portland.

n The Washington County Major Crimes Team is handling the investigation, which is being led by two detectives from the Tigard and Beaverton police departments.

n Rouches confirmed that Cannon had called in sick the day of the altercation but that he had not been disciplined by the department prior to the incident.

n No officers from the Cornelius Police Department responded to the emergency call.

Lisa Cannon's emergency call set off a series of events that were unprecedented in terms of their emotional toll on the police departments involved. Hillsboro's is reeling from a volatile scene involving one of its own. "Our folks are shocked, but we are doing well internally," Rouches said.

With so many guns going off, but no fatalities, Herb said he feels grateful. “It is nothing short of a miracle no one was killed,” he said.

Forest Grove has been hardest hit in terms of its staffing — and because Lisa Cannon is considered "one of the family," Herb said.

"Our department is still in recovery mode," Chief Janie Schutz said Monday. "Thank goodness things like this do not happen every day."

Officers are on leave

Local law enforcement agencies have released the names of the 10 officers placed on administrative leave following the the Jan. 20 shooting at Timothy and Lisa Cannon's Forest Grove home.

The officers were placed on administrative leave by their agencies because they discharged their weapons in the incident, according to Sgt. Bob Ray, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

The five Forest Grove officers on leave are: Officer Gary Anderson, 26 years' service; Officer Matt Jacobsen, four years' service; Officer Charles McCutchen, 12 years' service; Officer Jenifer Smith, four years' service; and Officer Ryan Wolf, four years' service.

The Hillsboro officer is Stephen Slade, who has been with that city's police department for 12 years. The four Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies are: Cpl. Mark Trost, 11 years' service; Deputy Micah Akin, seven years' service; Deputy Austin Allen, four years' service; and Deputy Justin Snyder, four years' service.

The leaves are standard protocol for officers involved in a shooting, said Capt. Mike Herb, public information officer with the Forest Grove Police.

Herb said that despite the hit to staffing levels, the department's ability to continue responding to calls for assistance has not been compromised.

The officers all were involved in a standoff with off-duty Hillsboro officer Timothy Cannon (who has since resigned) while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Cannon was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated murder.

— Jim Redden




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