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Cannon to cops: Come up here and kill me


Records say heavily armed ex-Hillsboro cop surrendered with family after shootout

In the past week, dozens of details about the Jan. 20 police shootout in Forest Grove have emerged, but none more chilling than a reported exchange between Hillsboro Officer Stephen Slade and his extremely agitated and heavily armed off-duty colleague, Timothy Cannon.by: COURTESY OF ALANA AMBROSE - Former Hillsboro Police Officer Timothy Cannon in an undated photo when he was still a member of the department.

Slade was yelling to Cannon, who was on the second floor of his home, where his wife and young daughter, fearing for their lives, had barricaded themselves inside a bathroom.

According to an affidavit, Slade was urging Cannon to surrender.

“You guys are going to have to come up here and kill me,” Cannon shouted back.

After Slade told Cannon they were not going to do that, Cannon reportedly responded, “I am going to come down there and kill you, then.”

Cannon was indicted Jan. 30 on 24 felony counts, including 11 counts of attempted aggravated murder, in Washington County Circuit Court. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. He sustained minor injuries in the standoff, as did one county sheriff’s deputy.

No one was shot, even though 10 officers, plus Cannon, fired their weapons.

Cannon resigned his position with Hillsboro Police effective Jan. 22. He remains in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $2.8 million.

Many details of the incident won’t be known until Cannon’s trial begins this spring. But a pair of affidavits unsealed late last week — as well as new information from Forest Grove officers who were the first to arrive on the scene — paint a frightening picture of the events that unfolded that Sunday evening, when officers from three local police agencies responded to a frantic 9-1-1 call.

9-1-1 call

Documents report that Lisa Marie Cannon, who works for the Forest Grove Police Department, and her husband argued after she returned from a police event around 8 p.m. the night of the incident, and that Lisa Cannon threw her cell phone at her husband after he accused her of not returning his text messages.

Tim Cannon pinned his wife to the floor before she grabbed their six-year-old daughter and retreated upstairs to a master bedroom bathroom.

Lisa Cannon called 9-1-1 from the couple’s home in The Parks neighborhood near Forest Grove High School shortly after 8:30 p.m. to report a domestic disturbance. She told police her husband “had been drinking on and off for the past week” and that “things had gotten physical,” according to documents released Feb. 1 by Washington County Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon.

A transcript of the call, summarized in one of the affidavits, revealed that officers knew Lisa Cannon had a handgun, while her husband was armed with handguns and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Aware that Lisa Cannon was holed up in a bathroom “behind three locked doors,” the four Forest Grove officers who initially responded to the call “walked into a completely dark house” and heard Tim Cannon chambering ammunition into a weapon, Capt. Mike Herb, the department’s public information officer, said Tuesday.

Within moments of arriving at the house, the situation “quickly escalated,” he said, with officers learning that Tim Cannon was trying to break into the area where Lisa Cannon and her daughter were hiding.

After entering the house, officers attempted to get Tim Cannon to talk with them, but he instead challenged them — as he later did with Officer Slade — to kill him or risk being killed.

The four officers called for backup as Cannon, who knew the layout of his home, was able to conceal himself “from a constantly changing position of high ground in an upstairs stairwell and in areas blocking the only available path of escape” for Lisa Cannon and her child, according to Herb.

He “had a clear tactical advantage,” Herb said.

Shot through walls

Documents indicate that Cannon was shooting at responding officers and that they were returning fire, trying to stop him.

One of the investigators, Beaverton Police Officer Michael Purdy, identified Robert Richards, a Washington County sheriff’s deputy, as a person Tim Cannon allegedly attempted to kill during the incident.Purdy said Richards reported seeing “bullets go through sheetrock … and into the floor three feet in front of (officers).”

The documents also suggest that alcohol may have been a factor. Lisa Cannon told Beaverton Detective Madalyn Brown during an interview Jan. 21 that her husband had been consuming alcohol on Jan. 19 and that she believed he had also been drinking the next day.

Tigard Police Officer Yonsoo Lee, a detective with the Washington County Major Crimes Team, testified in a Jan. 23 search warrant affidavit that medications prescribed to Tim Cannon — including antidepressants, sedatives, muscle relaxants and antibiotics — were found in his kitchen. Three of the drugs “have the potential for unwanted side effects, particularly when consumed with alcohol, and can result in an altered mental status,” Lee wrote.

Lee’s search warrant application also sought the seizure of numerous items connected to the investigation, including a 2004 Nissan Murano automobile registered to Tim Cannon, alcohol containers, prescription and non-prescription medications, cell phones, computers, photos, guns, ammunition casings and DNA evidence.

Surrenders with family

Documents indicate Tim Cannon eventually found his wife and daughter in the upstairs bathroom, but said he would not harm them and allowed Lisa Cannon to pat him down for firearms. Finding none, she locked arms with her husband and their daughter and the three walked downstairs together as she yelled to officers that he was unarmed and not to shoot.

Tim Cannon reportedly resisted arrest as officers took him into custody at 10:54 p.m. The affidavit says he was taken to Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro the same night, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released to the county jail.

All the Forest Grove officers placed on administrative leave following the shootout were returned to full duty this week, Herb said.