Forest Grove officers honored for valor in January high-risk call

Originally scheduled to begin next Tuesday, the aggravated attempted murder trial of Forest Grove resident and former Hillsboro police officer Tim Cannon has been pushed back several months to mid-September.

Meanwhile, seven Forest Grove police officers involved in the cop-on-cop shooting incident were honored Monday night for their valor.

Cannon was arrested at his home the evening of Jan. 20 after allegedly engaging in a shootout with officers from three Washington County law enforcement agencies — Forest Grove, Hillsboro and the county sheriff’s office. It was the most dramatic officer-involved shooting in the area in recent memory.

During the altercation, which began as a domestic disturbance call, Cannon’s wife barricaded herself and the couple’s young daughter in an upstairs bathroom, where she dialed 911 from a cell phone. No one was shot or received life-threatening injuries during the two-hour standoff, and in the end, Cannon surrendered to authorities.

At Monday’s meeting of the Forest Grove City Council, Police Chief Janie Schutz awarded Meritorious Service Citations to Sgt. Wayne Hart and Officer Michael Smith for coordinating the city’s response to the call, swiftly evacuating neighbors and remaining calm and professional under extraordinary circumstances.

Five other officers — Chuck McCutchen, Jenifer Smith, Ryan Wolf, Matt Jacobsen and Gary Anderson — received the Medal of Valor.

Schutz praised the officers for persevering in their attempt to rescue Cannon’s wife and daughter even as Cannon shot at them through the walls and ceiling of his darkened home.

Cannon is now in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $2.8 million, awaiting trial on 24 felony counts, including assault, unlawful use of a firearm and 11 counts of aggravated attempted murder. Proceedings were originally scheduled to begin July 16.

Cannon’s defense attorney, Ray Bassel of Hillsboro’s Bassel & Rawls law firm, said Friday that he needed “more time to investigate” and asked Washington County Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon for an extension, which Hanlon granted. Neither would comment further on the pending case.

The trial is now scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Washington County Circuit Court, 150 N. First Ave., Hillsboro.

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