Police Chief Mike Reese
Portland Police Bureau
This morning, Wednesday November 24, 2010, the Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on 46-year-old Craig Boehler and determined that he had been shot but that the cause of death was smoke inhalation. Investigators from both the Police Bureau and Fire Bureau continue to investigate the cause of the fire that occurred after the shooting. Additionally, detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances of the original disturbance call and the shooting. The Portland Police Officer involved in yesterday's shooting has been identified as Officer Peter McConnell. Officer McConnell is a 17-year-veteran of the Police Bureau and is currently assigned to North Precinct patrol as well as the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT). Officer McConnell is on Administrative Leave, which is standard procedure after any officer-involved shooting. Detectives plan to interview Officer McConnell within the next few days. A Multnomah County Grand Jury has not yet been set but is expected to be within the next few weeks. Additional details will be released as they become available.
Portland Police