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Portland Police Chief Retires Amid Probe into Shooting

June 28, 2016  | 

The police chief of Portland, OR, is retiring as authorities continue to probe a hunting accident in which he mistakenly shot and injured a friend, the mayor of Portland announced Monday.

Chief Larry O'Dea, 54, was vacationing in eastern Oregon in April when he accidentally shot and injured a close friend with his .22 caliber rifle, authorities say.

But Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, who initially investigated the April 21 shooting, was first told that the injury was self-inflicted, according to the sheriff's department. About a month later, Mr. Ward learned that Mr. O'Dea was involved in the incident, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Mayor Charlie Hales said at a Monday morning press conference that Mr. O'Dea "recognized the strain" on the police department and "the need to move forward." Mr. Hales praised the efforts of Mr. O'Dea who had been with the department for three decades, but said that that the city now needs to "start another chapter of progress and change."

The new chief will be Mike Marshman, a Portland police captain who Mr. Hales said has been driving the reforms at the department.

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kevcopAz @ 6/28/2016 4:22 PM

Funny thing, if a patrol officer lied during a police investigation he would be fired (not let resign) and probably prosecuted. Why does the Chief not face the same thing that he probably would want any officer under him to face? Oh sorry, thats right he is a "Chief" and "connected" so he skates where the lower ranking cop gets screwed. Good riddance to a lier, great way to end your 30 year career. Don't let the door hit you in the rear end.

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