Portland police chief put on administrative leave for shooting i - KPTV - FOX 12

Portland police chief put on administrative leave for shooting investigation

Posted: Updated:
Portland Police Bureau Chief Larry O'Dea (KPTV file image) Portland Police Bureau Chief Larry O'Dea (KPTV file image)
Acting Portland Police Chief Donna Henderson (Photo: Portland Police Bureau) Acting Portland Police Chief Donna Henderson (Photo: Portland Police Bureau)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of several internal and external investigations into a shooting that injured his friend.

Mayor Charlie Hales made the announcement Tuesday.

The Independent Police Review Board and other agencies, including Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Justice, are investigating the shooting that occurred in Harney County on April 21.

The Portland Police Bureau said O'Dea was on vacation when he had a "negligent discharge" from his .22 caliber rifle. His friend was injured, and treated and released from the hospital.

The Harney County Sheriff's Office was notified of the shooting, but deputies said it was initially reported as an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators said "further information was gathered which contradicted this."

O'Dea was given a communication restriction order by the Independent Police Review Board which restricts him from discussing the case.

O'Dea was sworn in as chief in January 2015 and has been with the bureau for almost 30 years.

“We need our Police Bureau operating at its best, and our officers can’t do that when there’s turmoil and confusion surrounding their leader,” Hales said in a statement. “Chief O’Dea has been providing excellent service as our police chief, and now needs to focus on these investigations. He and I agree that going on administrative leave during these open investigations is in the best interest of the Bureau and the city."

The Portland Police Association issued a statement Tuesday saying the incident has, "compromised the integrity of the police bureau and should not be a reflection on our sworn and non-sworn members who work tirelessly and diligently to build trust and respect within our community."

Assistant Chief Donna Henderson will be the acting chief while O'Dea is on leave.

After her appointment Tuesday, Henderson sent an email to bureau members stating, "My pledge to you during this time is to communicate with you as we move forward. Headlines aside, we have a lot on our plate as an agency, including critical staffing issues, the ongoing (Department of Justice) DOJ-related items, budgetary issues and of course, we are headed into Rose Festival and a busy summer. I know you will continue to work hard and serve this city to the best of your ability."

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. 

  • Portland police chief put on administrative leave for shooting investigationMore>>

  • Former Portland Police officer weighs in on Chief’s accidental shooting investigation

    Former Portland Police officer weighs in on Chief’s accidental shooting investigation

    Tuesday, May 24 2016 1:57 AM EDT2016-05-24 05:57:50 GMT
    Larry O'Dea, the Chief of the Portland Police Bureau (KPTV)Larry O'Dea, the Chief of the Portland Police Bureau (KPTV)

    As several investigations are underway after Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea admitted to accidentally shooting a friend while on a hunting trip in Harney County in April, a former officer says the way it has been handled represents a very clear double-standard that is hurting morale. 

    More >

    As several investigations are underway after Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea admitted to accidentally shooting a friend while on a hunting trip in Harney County in April, a former officer says the way it has been handled represents a very clear double-standard that is hurting morale. 

    More >
Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.