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Portland police chief indicted for accidentally shooting friend

Former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea.  Credit: Portland Police Bureau.
Former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea. Credit: Portland Police Bureau.

Chief Larry O’Dea — who’s worked for the Portland Police Dept for 30 years and who went into early retirement this summer – has been indicted on one charge of negligently wounding someone.

Last April, when the Portland chief accidently shot a friend in rural Oregon – he reportedly kept it a secret for an entire month.

According to the ‘Willamette Week’ the Mayor of Portland learned about the hunting trip accident, about a week after it happened, but “kept it under wraps.” At first, O’Dea said that his friend shot himself, but it was later revealed what really happened, when he re-told the story to the mayor.

Local media reported initially that a retired Portland police Sgt. was with O’Dea on the trip in Harney County — a sparse area in eastern Oregon.

That retired sergeant was Robert Dempsey, according to the NY Daily News. O’Dea reportedly shot his buddy with a .22 caliber rifle. Dempsey was treated and released from a local hospital.

O’Dea could spend up to six months in jail, for the ‘Class B’ misdemeanor charge.


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