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Friday, May 11, 2012

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Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Fri, May 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing in the March 13 police shooting of Adalberto Flores-Haro, a New Columbia resident who, according to media reports and his family, had gone outside with his gun after seeing what looked like a prowler in his yard—only to be shot three times by police.

The shooting came as Portland gang detectives, assisted by Washington County tactical officers, were trying to serve a warrant in a gang case in New Columbia. As officers were approaching their target house, police said at the time, there reportedly was "an exchange" of gunfire at an unrelated home nearby. Portland police later reported that one of the officers works in Hillsboro and that the other two work for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Says the DA's office:

Today the Multnomah County Grand Jury returned a “not true bill” finding the use of deadly physical force in the shooting of Adalberto Flores-Haro by members of the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team did not violate any criminal law.

Mr. Flores-Haro was wounded after confronting members of the team assisting the Portland Police Bureau in the service of a search warrant unrelated to Mr. Flores-Haro at the New Columbia housing development in North Portland on March 13, 2012.

The Portland Police Bureau, however, is still investigating whether Flores-Haro might face any criminal charges in the shooting. In the meantime, because this shooting wasn't fatal and because that investigation is continuing, the DA's office has decided not to release transcripts of the grand jury hearing.

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