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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Police have identified the man accused of shooting a Portland police officer and killing a K-9 in southwest Portland.
The suspect, Paul Ropp, 20, has not yet been booked in the Multnomah County Jail. He was being treated at the hospital for a head injury described as non-life-threatening.
Ropp and two others are facing charges in connection to a burglary investigation that led to a shootout early Wednesday morning.
Police were called to Blumenthal Uniforms, 9047 S.W. Barbur Blvd., at 2 a.m. Officers located a suspicious vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.
The Chevrolet Suburban did not stop and crashed into a pole at Southwest Lobelia Street and Capitol Highway after a short chase.
Investigators said the driver, Ropp, got out of the vehicle and ran away.
Officer Jeff Dorn, his K-9 partner Mick, and Officer Jason Worthington, all chased after Ropp. Investigators said, very quickly, shots were fired by Ropp, Dorn and Worthington.
Dorn was hit two times in the legs and Mick was shot in the body. Mick fled after being wounded and was located several hours later dead under a nearby hedge.
A necropsy performed today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Mick died of a single gunshot wound.
SERT, the Crisis Negotiation Team and officers from various local agencies all responded to the scene to track down the suspect.
Calls to 911 by people in the area helped police locate Ropp on the 6900 block of Oleson Road. Officers searching the neighborhood also found an AR-15 rifle and seized it as evidence.
Two other suspects stayed in the Suburban after it crashed into the pole. They have been identified as Jamaell Riley, 25, and Steven Young, 20. Young was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on the charge of first-degree burglary. Riley was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Police said Ropp and Riley are expected to be booked into jail on Thursday. Charges are pending.
The district attorney's office told Fox 12 Oregon law does not permit a charge of murder for the killing of a police dog.
Dorn was released from the hospital Thursday morning and is continuing to recover from his injuries.
The Portland Police Bureau released additional details about Mick Thursday. His original name was Dusty vom Langgarten, but was changed to Mickey by Officer Dorn's family. His name was then shortened to Mick for street work.
The purebred German shepherd was imported from Germany. He was certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association on March 5. Nine days later, he made his first three captures on the same day.
Mick had five total suspect captures before he was gunned down, including taking a burglary suspect into custody the night before he was killed.
Mick was not yet 2 years old.
Portland police K-9s have ballistic vests that are used during known high-risk situations. Mick was not wearing one Wednesday, as they are too cumbersome for the dogs to wear continuously throughout their shifts, according to officers.
In response to requests from community members about making donations to the K-9 unit, Portland police said non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to: Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit, 4735 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97215.
It has not been determined yet if there will be a public service to honor Mick after he was killed in the line of duty.
The Portland Police Bureau released a statement on behalf of Dorn, a 16-year veteran of the police force, on Wednesday. It states: "Officer Dorn would like the community to know that 'Mick saved my life.'"
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