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Assistant chiefs involved in Chief O'Dea accidental shooting probe

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Portland Police Bureau Chief Larry O'Dea (KPTV file image) Portland Police Bureau Chief Larry O'Dea (KPTV file image)
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Investigators say Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea accidentally shot his friend during a hunting trip, leading to the chief being placed on administrative leave. Now there is another twist in the investigation.

The Independent Police Review Board is taking a closer look at all four Portland Police Bureau assistant chiefs, including Acting Chief Donna Henderson.

The assistant chiefs aren't saying why they've become part of the investigation into the shooting involving O’Dea.

PPB officials said the assistant chiefs are still currently performing their regular duties.

Because the probe into the shooting is an open investigation, the Portland Police Association and Mayor Charlie Hales are not commenting on the investigation.

According to a report from the Harney County Sheriff's Office, O'Dea and six of his friends were shooting at sage rats in April when one of them, Robert Dempsy, was somehow shot.

A Harney County deputy interviewed O’Dea, who according to court records smelled of alcohol and seemed nervous.

Investigators said O’Dea did not identify himself as the police chief and noted that O’Dea said he thought Dempsy shot himself while putting his gun away.

When deputies interviewed Dempsey weeks later, though, he said O’Dea was having trouble with his gun all day and said O’Dea accidentally shot him.

The report also noted Dempsey told investigators that O’Dea even called him after the shooting to apologize for the shooting.

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