Man gets 15 years for attempted murder of 2 Portland police officers

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Published: Jun. 5, 2023 at 6:03 PM PDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2023 at 4:00 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - A 37-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty for shooting at police officers during a traffic stop in Northeast Portland last year, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

According to Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, Matthew Leahey pleaded guilty on Monday.

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On May 6, 2022, Leahey was driving a car when two Portland officers from the Focused Intervention Team stopped him for moving violations at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Mason Street.

One officer ordered Leahey to place his hands on his head while sat in the car after realizing that Leahey had given them incorrect information and would not produce a driver’s license.

Instead of following the officer’s instructions, Leahey drew a gun, shot at one officer, barely missing his head. The officers then opened fire on Leahey as he got out of the car and raised his gun to aim at a second officer.

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As part of his agreement, Leahey pleaded guilty to four charges:

  • Two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder
  • One count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • One count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm