November 24th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JESSICA LUTJEMEYER News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

More on the Officer-Involved Shooting in Southeast Portland (UPDATED with autopsy results)

Police Chief Mike Reese

The Portland Police Bureau on Wednesday afternoon released the medical examiner's report into the death of a 46-year-old man shot in a southeast Portland standoff.

The autopsy concluded the man, Craig Boehler, had been shot but that the actual cause of death was smoke inhalation from a fire that consumed the house. The cause of that fire remains under investigation.

And the officer who fired shots at Boehler was identified as Peter McConnell, a 17-year-veteran whos's assigned to North Precinct patrol as well as the Special Emergency Reaction Team. McConnell is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after any officer-involved shooting.

Here's the news release:
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.

And here's our earlier report:

Medical examiners are expected to perform an autopsy on 46-year-old Craig Boehler, the man whom Portland Police shot shortly after midnight on Tuesday after a family dispute erupted in gunfire aimed at cops.

Beyond that, much about the incident in the 11000 block of SE 106th and Cherry Blossom Avenues remains vague.

Police say Boehler had been in an altercation with his sister earlier. Then Boehler's 76-year-old stepfather called 911. Police responded around 12:40 a.m., they say.

Sometime later, Boehler fired 20 to 25 rounds at police. In response to Boehler's shots, police shot back and released tear gas into the home, Police Chief Mike Reese said at a press conference yesterday.

At some point before 2 am, a fire broke out in the back of the house, engulfing much of the house, says Paul Corah, a spokesman for Portland Fire and Rescue. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Boehler's stepfather, wife and stepdaughter escaped and were not seriously injured.
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