Yeah well, last month Portland's Chief of Police, being a good ol' boy, went off with some buddies to Harney County (which after the Bundy escapades has probably had more than enough idiocy for the year) and they got themselves likkered up and sat around in lawn chairs shooting ground squirrels. It was all fun and games until top cop Larry shot one of his buddies in the back. Oops. So they called 911 and had the buddy Life-Flighted over to a Boise hospital for treatment, and darned if a Harney County sheriff's deputy didn't show up too.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has released police reports describing the April 21 incident in which Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea accidentally shot one of his friends in the back.
The documents, first reported by The Oregonian, provide information about why O'Dea might have mislead Harney County Deputy Deputy Chris Nisbet about how the injured man, Robert Dempsey, 54, got shot.
In his report, Nisbet says that O'Dea and six friends were sitting in a line of lawn chairs in the Catlow Valley area of Harney County shooting at ground squirrels and drinking.
In his report, Nisbet noted that nearly all of the men showed signs that they'd been drinking.
"During the interview I noted that I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from [O'Dea's] breath, glassy, watery and bloodshot eyes. I also noticed that O'Dea was visibly nervous and shaking during the interview. Prior to the interview, I noticed Mr. O'Dea consume a bottle of water and during the interview he also consumed another bottle of water."
"Mr. O'Dea said it appeared to him that maybe Bob was trying to holster a pistol and accidentally shot himself."
Three weeks later, as Dempsey had more or less recovered from his injury, Nisbet spoke with him. That's when the deputy discovered that Portland chief of police Larry had shot Bob.
So it appears that Portland's chief of police lied to the investigating deputy and tried to cover up his intoxication at the time by watering his bloodstream down.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward says when O'Dea first informed his agency of the incident April 22, he said it was "a self-inflicted accidental shooting."
Ward says he only learned May 16 that O'Dea, 53, had fired the bullet. That same day, the shooting was referred to the Oregon State Police for criminal investigation.
But Portland Mayor Charlie Hales knew O'Dea had shot his friend far earlier. A spokeswoman for Hales told WW that O'Dea had informed the mayor of the incident three weeks earlier, in an April 25 phone call.
And Streetcar Charlie went along with it all before, finally yielding to pressure, he placed the chief on PAID "administrative leave" pending the outcome of the OSP criminal investigation. Is this a great town, or what?