Kop fire 5 shotgun rounds at suspect, thinking ammo was beanbag rounds

Posted July 1st, 2011 by berserker13
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A Central Precinct officer Thursday morning mistakenly fired five live shotgun rounds at a man refusing to follow police orders, when he intended to fire bean bags, Portland police announced about seven hours after the incident.

A 15-year bureau veteran was placed on administrative leave in connection with the first mistaken shooting involving live rounds loaded into a less-lethal bean-bag shotgun in the bureau's history. The bureau began carrying the less-lethal shotguns in the mid-1990s.

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