Off-duty Oregon cop charged with attempted murder

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 6:50 AM

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – An off-duty Hillsboro officer was arrested on attempted murder charges after police said he was involved in a domestic disturbance with his wife and a responding deputy got shot.

Deputies were called to Timothy Cannon's home in the 1000 block of 37th Avenue around 8:30 p.m.  A standoff developed and shots were fired, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.  One deputy was wounded, along with the suspect, but neither of their injuries were life-threatening, authorities said.

One neighbor, who did not want to give her name, said she heard about 20 shots ring out.  "There was a whole bunch of gunfire right when we’re leaving the church parking lot to go to a neighbor’s house,” she said.

Cannon, 46, of Forest Grove, was arrested and booked on several charges, including attempted aggravated murder.  He was booked into the Washington County jail where he was being held in isolation because he's an officer.

Cannon has worked in the Hillsboro patrol division for the past 13 years, according to Lt. Michael Rouches with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. 

Police said they were trying to talk to Cannon about a domestic disturbance with his wife when the shooting took place.

Officers evacuated nearby homes and a church during the standoff as a safety precaution.

”I came to the door and the police officer told me that we needed to evacuate our home, there was a shooter up the street with a shotgun and we needed to get out now,” recalled neighbor Robin Forrer. "He seemed very upset."

The wounded deputy was treated at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center and released. His name has not been released.

Cannon's wife works for the Forest Grove Police Department as a high ranking administrator, but not an officer, according to Capt Mike Herb. She was not hurt in the incident and neither was the couple's 6-year-old daughter.

Herb said five officers were put on paid administrative leave following the shooting, which is police policy after this type of incident. He said that was about one quarter of the small Forest Grove Police Department.

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