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K-9 shooting suspect booked into jail, set for first court appearance today

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Paul Ropp, a 20-year-old man accused of shooting a Portland police officer in the legs and killing the officer's K-9, will make his first court appearance Monday.

Ropp was released from the hospital over the weekend and booked into jail on charges of aggravated attempted murder, assaulting a law enforcement animal, robbery, possession of an explosive device, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary and attempting to elude.

Portland police said Ropp and two other suspects were on a crime spree before last week's shooting, and detectives have linked them to burglaries and robberies over the last several weeks.

While investigating a possible break-in at a police uniform store early Wednesday morning, officers spotted a white SUV, which they had received information about earlier.

After a short chase, the SUV slammed into a utility pole on Southwest Capitol Highway, and the driver, believed to be Ropp, quickly exited. That's when Officer Jeff Dorn and his K-9 Mick began a foot chase, but police said Ropp and two officers exchanged gunfire. Dorn was struck two times in his legs, and K-9 Mick was also hit in the gunfire.

Mick was found dead several hours later under a nearby hedge. He was the first Portland police dog to be killed on duty since 1987. There's no word yet on whether there will be a public service for him.

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