Police identify man suspected of shooting officer, killing K-9
PORTLAND, Ore. - Police on Thursday identified three suspects in a burglary that led to a chase and shootout in Southwest Portland where a police officer was wounded and his K-9 partner was killed Wednesday morning.
Police say Paul Ropp, 20, shot Officer Jeff Dorn and his K-9, Mick. Ropp was caught by police after a massive neighborhood search. He suffered an injury to his head that was not life threatening.
Police said Ropp was one of three men who broke into Blumenthal uniform supply store, which sells uniforms to police, firefighters and other public service members. Police stopped the burglary in progress but the suspects drove away in a vehicle. They crashed the vehicle at SW Capitol Highway and Lobelia Street. That's where the shootout happened just before 3 a.m.
Police said Ropp got out of the vehicle and ran while the other two suspects stayed in the vehicle. Ropp quickly shot Officer Jeff Dorn and his dog, Mick, before running into the neighborhood, according to investigators.
Officers detained the other two suspects: Jemaell Riley, 25, and Steven Young, 20, at the scene.
Dorn was shot in both legs, but he will recover from his injuries, police said. He was released from the hospital Thursday morning.
Mick was found dead beneath a hedge near the shooting scene after a lengthy search of the neighborhood. He suffered one gunshot wound to his body.
Police on Wednesday said in a news release that Dorn wanted the community to know "Mick saved my life."
Riley was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
Young was taken to be interviewed by detectives and later to the Multnomah County Jail Thursday morning. Police later announced Young faces charges of first-degree attempted kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, second-degree attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree burglary.
Riley was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon and booked in jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, second-degree attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree burglary.
Police expect Ropp to be booked in jail sometime in the next few days. He is still recovering under police guard in a Portland hospital.
During this investigation, detectives said they have learned that the three suspects have been involved in an active, ongoing crime spree leading up to Wednesday's shooting. This robbery and burglary spree took place over the past several weeks.
Detectives believe that the suspects' white Chevy Suburban that was crashed on Wednesday may have been used in the commission of other crimes.
Mick's police career
Mick was a purebred German Shepherd, imported from Germany. He would have been two years old in September, police said.
Mick was Officer Dorn's second police dog. His original name was "Dusty vom Langgarten" but it was changed to "Mickey" by Officer Dorn's family, police said. His name was shortened to Mick for street work.
Police said Mick passed his Oregon Police Canine Association Certification on March 5. Nine days later, Mick made his first 3 captures in the same day.
"Mick had 5 total captures before he was gunned down, including the capture of a burglary suspect for North Precinct officers on April 15, 2014, the night before he was killed," police said in a news release.
Police say the K-9 unit averages around 230 captures per year.
Police say they want to thank the public for the outpouring of support for Officer Dorn and Mick. 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
The community can also share their thoughts and well wishes for Officer Dorn and Mick on the K-9 Unit's Facebook page or the bureau's Twitter account (@PortlandPolice) using the hashtag #RIPK93Mick.