Forest Grove resident and ex-Hillsboro cop faces trial for attempted murder in March

by: FOREST GROVE NEWS TIMES: CHASE ALLGOOD - Former Hillsboro police officer Timothy Patrick Cannon of Forest Grove was indicted on 24 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts in Washington County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.Former Hillsboro Police officer Timothy Patrick Cannon of Forest Grove was indicted Wednesday afternoon on 24 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts in Washington County Circuit Court.

His arraignment came 10 days after he was arrested at his home after a standoff with officers from three law enforcement agencies. Cannon was off duty at the time of the incident. He resigned his position effective Jan. 22.

Appearing by video feed before Judge Charles Bailey, Cannon, 46, appeared calm but engaged as he entered a plea of not guilty on all counts. His attorney, Ray Bassel of the Hillsboro firm Bassel & Rawls, represented Cannon, who wore an orange and white striped jumpsuit as he sat for the camera.

Asked by Bailey if he understood what had occurred during the brief proceeding, Cannon replied, “Yes, sir.”

Bailey set a pre-trial date of March 15 and a trial date of March 19 for Cannon, who is accused of 11 counts of attempted aggravated murder (a felony); 11 counts of unlawful use of a firearm (a felony); one count of first degree aggravated animal abuse (a felony); one count of first degree animal abuse (a misdemeanor); one count of fourth degree felony assault; and one count of harassment (a misdemeanor).

The indictment, handed down by Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon, accuses Cannon of “unlawfully and maliciously” killing a cat the night of Jan. 20, the evening his wife called 9-1-1 from the couple’s home in The Parks neighborhood northwest of Forest Grove High School to report a domestic disturbance.

It also says Cannon assaulted his wife in the presence of the couple’s daughter, and that he subjected his wife to “offensive physical contact.”

Cannon is accused of trying to kill officers Charles McCutchen, Gary Anderson, Jenifer Smith, Ryan Wolf and Matthew Jacobsen, all of the Forest Grove Police Department; Stephen Slade of the Hillsboro Police Department; and Mark Trost, Micah Akin, Austin Allen, and Justin Snyder of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The indictment says Cannon also attempted to kill Robert Richards, another law enforcement officer whose agency was not identified.

Bailey set Cannon’s bail at $2.8 million. It had formerly been set at $1 million.

Forest Grove and Hillsboro police, as well as the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the emergency at the Cannon’s home. Cannon and an unidentified sheriff’s deputy were injured in the 80-minute incident, during which multiple weapons were discharged.

Ten officers were put on administrative leave following the shootout.

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