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Wounded officer: K-9 partner died saving my life

by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Officer Jeff Dorn and his late K-9 partner, MickPolice identified the K-9 Unit officer injured and his partner dog killed in a shootout in Southwest Portland early Wednesday morning.

The officer is Jeff Dorn, a 16-year-veteran assigned to the K-9 Unit Night Shift. Dorn has consented to the release of his name prior to the standard 24-hour waiting period as his family has been notified of his injuries.

His canine partner, "Mick," suffered fatal injuries this morning during the confrontation with the 20-year-old male suspect, who has not yet been identified.

According to the police, Dorn would like the community to know that "Mick saved my life."

Mick just recently joined the K-9 Unit after completing the extensive training program required to become state certified as a police canine.

Police say Dorn remains in the hospital and is continuing to recover from gunshot wounds to both legs. He and his family are very thankful for the outpouring of support by fellow police officers, their families and the community at-large. The family is asking for complete privacy at this time.

"We've had two officers shot in the past month protecting our community. Today's incident is a reminder of how dangerous policing can be. I'm very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners," said police Chief Mike Reese.

By coincidence, the other incident also took place in Southwest Portland, when an officer was wounded in a shootout that killed a kidnapping and bank robbery suspect.

"We are saddened by the death of Mick, but heartened that Officer Jeff Dorn is doing okay and is in good spirits," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "I visited Jeff and his family in the hospital this morning to voice our thanks for his service."

Police say several members of the community have asked if there is a donation fund for the K-9 Unit. Non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:

Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit

4735 East Burnside Street

Portland, Oregon 97215

It has not been determined yet if there will be any public service to honor Mick after he was killed in the line of duty.

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts and well wishes for Officer Dorn and Mick on the K-9 Unit's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ppbk9 or the Bureau's Twitter account, @PortlandPolice. Use the hashtag #RIPK93Mick.