Portland cop shooter, K-9 killer gets prison
The man who shot and wounded K9 police officer Jeff Dorn and killed Dorns police dog, Mick, entered a guilty Friday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Paul Alan Ropp plead guilty on Dec. 12 to two counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, four counts unlawful possession of destructive device and one count each of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, first degree burglary, assaulting a law enforcement animal with a firearm, and attempted first-degree kidnapping.
As Multnomah County Sheriff deputies escorted 21-year-old Ropp into Judge Eric J. Bergstroms courtroom, the first thing he likely noticed was the number of uniformed police officers who filled the galley. There were more than 30 officers and detectives to support Dorn, including Chief of Police Mike Reese.
Dorn entered the courtroom quietly. He shook the hands with some of the officers and then sat in the front row next to his wife.
The investigation started in the early morning hours of April 16, 2014 when patrol officers with Central Precinct responded to a burglary in progress at Blumenthals Uniform and Equipment. The store is a private police supply store. Police tried to stop three men, later identified as Ropp, Steven Young and Jemaell Riley, but all three got into an SUV and fled, court documents state.
The vehicle crashed at the intersection of Southwest Capital Highway and Southwest Lobelia Street. Officer Dorn and Mick were called to help take the suspects into custody. Police said Ropp got out of the drivers side door with an AR-15 rifle. Dorn released Mick in an attempt to capture Ropp who started to run on foot, court records show.
Ropp shot Mick to death and then shot Dorn.
Despite being shot once in both legs, Dorn was able to help coordinate his rescue and helped other officers set up a containment area that ultimately allowed officers with the Special Emergency Reaction Team to capture Ropp.
During the investigation, police learned that Young and Ropp had grown up together near The Dalles, Ore. Both Young and Ropp were students at Portland State University, court records show. Investigators learned the men had come up with a plan to go on a crime spree to obtain capital and revenue to get a start in life, court documents state.
The men had planned on robbing targets like an armored car, but decided it was too risky, court documents state.
Ropps family has always been shocked over what happened. The told investigators that Ropp had been a good child, was excited to attend PSU, and got good grades. They said he had applied for an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Dorns wife, Sarah, told the court that she will never forget the night she got the call letting her know that her husband has been shot.
Neither Ron Fishback, Ropps defense attorney, nor Ropp himself said anything during the plea and sentencing.
Sarah Dorn said it upset her that neither Ropp nor his family has offered an apology for what occurred.
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