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October 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Portland chief fires officer who shot man in 2011

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese has fired an officer who critically wounded a man with a shotgun he mistakenly thought was loaded with beanbag rounds.

The Police Bureau said in a statement that Office Dane Reister was notified of his dismissal on Tuesday.

Reister shot William Monroe in June 2011. Police had been called because Monroe, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was acting oddly by tossing discarded flowers toward children in a park.

Reister was indicted on an assault charge and has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this year, the Portland City Council agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of Monroe.

Daryl Turner, the president of the police union, declined to comment on the firing.

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