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Shooting, arrest stuns friends

People who know Hillsboro Police Officer Timothy Cannon say they are shocked that he is accused of injuring a Washington County sheriff’s deputy during a domestic disturbance Sunday evening.by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forensics specialists continued to investigate Sunday nights officer-involved shooting at the Forest Grove home of Hillsboro police officer Timothy Cannon Monday. Cannon and a Washington County sheriffs deputy were injured in the incident, and Cannon was jailed on a charge of attempted aggravated murder.

“Tim is a clear-headed, kind and sensitive man,” said Gregg Townsley, a security officer and trainer at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro who has known Cannon for about five years.Cannon

Townsley (who is married to Forest Grove News-Times editor Nancy Townsley) said he sees Cannon about once a week, often when the officer comes to the hospital to cite or arrest someone. According to Townsley, Cannon always behaves professionally, but frequently takes the time to counsel the person he is dealing with.

“One time he came in to arrest a middle-age woman who was charged with multiple counts of theft. Obviously, she’d had a lapse of judgment, probably several of them. Tim told her what she’d done didn’t need to define her life, that she had the opportunity to change. That’s the kind of thing I’ve heard him say many times,” said Townsley.

Mark Makler, an attorney who represents the Hillsboro Police Officers’ Association, said he was stunned by what happened.

“This is totally out of character, out of step for Tim. He’s a great guy. This is very, very unfortunate for a lot of people and organizations. It affects the entire law enforcement community and their families,” says Makler, who is not representing Cannon because he was off-duty and not acting in a law enforcement capacity when he shot the deputy.

In November, the Oregon Peace Officers Association presented Cannon with a Lifesavers Award for saving the life of a 53-year-old suicidal man during a domestic violence call the previous month. Cannon and Hillsboro Police Officer Marth Bual administered first aid to the man, who had cut himself and said he wanted to bleed to death. Bual also received the award.

“If not for Officers Buals’ and Cannon’s swift actions and immediate first aid, the subject would likely have succeeded in ending his life,” the award reads.

Domestic disturbance

Despite the praise and award, Cannon was arrested and lodged in Washington County Jail on attempted aggravated murder charges on Sunday, Jan. 20. He was arraigned but did not enter a plea Tuesday. Washington County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Nachtigal raised his ball to $1 million.

The case will be presented to a Washington County Grand Jury before Monday, Jan. 25, when a preliminary hearing is scheduled.

Cannon was arrested after Forest Grove Police officers and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at his home near Forest Grove High School around 8:30 p.m. The call came from his wife, Lisa, who works at the Forest Grove Police Department.

Neighbors near Cannon’s home were evacuated after he barricaded himself inside. At some point, officers and deputies entered the home. According to the sheriff’s office, Cannon was armed with a firearm and fired it. Many of the officers and deputies in the home also fired their guns. A deputy received a non-life threatening wound from shrapnel. The source of that bullet is still under investigation.

Cannon also received non-life threatening injuries during the arrest. He was jailed after being treated for his injuries.

Not counting Cannon, 10 law enforcement officers were subsequently placed on paid administrative leave after discharging their firearms during the incident. Five are from the Forest Grove Police Department, four are from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and one is from the Hillsboro Police Department. This is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting, although they may be on leave longer than usual, according to the sheriff’s office.

The names of the officers were not immediately available.

Cannon’s wife and their 6-year-old daughter were home but not hurt during the incident. Their son was not at home.

“One reason this is so shocking (is that) Tim loves his wife and daughter,” said Townsley.

The case is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. Sgt. Dave Thompson, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said it may take a couple days to completely process the crime scene.

Cannon is a 13-year veteran of the Hillsboro Police Department. According to the department, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division the entire time.

Police spokesman Lt. Mike Rouches said Cannon will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation. According to Rouches, Cannon had no previous disciplinary problems within the department before the shooting.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed,” Rouches said.

Rouches added that Hillsboro and the department have a number of programs for identifying and dealing with officers who show signs of stress. They include the Trust Team, a peer-counseling program. Rouches could not comment on whether Cannon had ever received such counseling.

Townsley said he had not noticed anything out of the ordinary about Cannon recently.

“He’s always been a professional, sensitive and caring guy. It’s so sad,” said Townsley.

Neighbors praise response

Cannon’s home is in The Parks neighborhood. Laura Mathews, who has lived in neighborhood for three years, praised the quick response of law enforcement the night of the incident and the thoroughness of the Forest Grove Police in the aftermath of Sunday’s officer-involved shooting.

Forest Grove Police Chief Janie Schutz, public information officer Mike Herb and community service officer Theresa Kohl met with about 50 of the neighbors for 90 minutes Monday afternoon.

“They had been up all night and were quite emotional because of the ties to the department,” Mathews said. “But they answered all our questions and asked for our patience. They told us to be aware of our neighbors and what goes on, no matter how small. They reassured us that this is a very safe community.”

Mathews called neighborhood residents “a tight-knit group” that throws a block party every year and welcomes newcomers with open arms. She said she and others told police they would be happy to volunteer their time inside the Cannon home to “put things back together aesthetically” so that “when the family returns, there will be no evidence that something happened there Sunday night.”

Lisa and Tim Cannon have a son and a daughter, Mathews said.




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