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Oregon City Police Pedestrian Safety Enforcement - 06/16/16

Oregon City, Oregon (June 16, 2016): The Oregon City Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on Thursday, June 16th, 2016. This operation will be held on Molalla Ave at Pleasant Ave in Oregon City and last until 3:00 pm.

The primary focus of this operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. The Oregon City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of the pedestrian right away laws, using a decoy pedestrian. Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone.

As a reminder, motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane they are traveling in.

The members of the Oregon City Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of both citizens and guests of the city. Funding for the pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.

Clackamas County Grand Jury Votes "Not True Bill" For Oregon City Police Shooting - 06/15/16

UPDATE: Oregon City, Oregon (June 15, 2016 3:30 PM): On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, a Clackamas County Grand Jury voted to "Not True Bill" Oregon City Police Officers David Edwins and David Plummer in connection with the May 21, 2016, shooting of 38-year-old Travis Anthony Moore. The officers will now return to duty as the Oregon City Police Department begins the internal review of the incident.

The shooting occurred on May 21, 2016, at approximately 1:46 pm, when the officers contacted Moore to serve an arrest warrant. After the shooting, members of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

During the investigation detectives determined the officers contacted Moore to attempt to serve the arrest warrant. Moore unexpectedly opened the front door as officers approached it. The uniformed officers informed Moore he had a warrant for his arrest and they attempted to take control of him. Moore immediately resisted and while doing so pulled one of the officers into the apartment.

Moore began to fight with the officers. During the fight, Moore lunged for a hammer and attempted to hit one of the officers on the head. One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control Moore, but the Taser was not effective.

During the continuing struggle Moore attempted to take control of one of the officer's handgun. The officers described Moore pulling at the holstered firearm and attempting to place his fingers into the holster to pull the trigger of the gun.

One of the officers discharged his handgun twice during a violent struggle for control of the other officer's handgun. Moore sustained a grazing wound to the arm and gunshot wound to the chest. He continued to fight with officers after he was shot in the chest. He could not be controlled until additional officers arrived at the scene.

Shortly after he was taken into custody Moore began to lose consciousness. Officers immediately began giving Moore medical attention until paramedics arrived. Mr. Moore died on scene and one of the officers was taken to a local area hospital where he received treatment for injuries.

The Oregon State Forensics Services Division conducted a test and determined Moore was the major contributor to the DNA found on the grip of the officer's firearm. Investigators also learned Moore had a long history of mental illness and had been off his medications for a considerable period of time.

Oregon City Chief of Police Jim Band made a statement regarding the shooting, "This event was a tragedy. Mental illness has become the number one issue facing law enforcement. Our department has made crisis intervention training a priority; both of these officers had been trained in recognizing the signs of mental illness and de-escalation techniques. This incident has forever changed the lives of Mr. Moore's family and the officers involved.