Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea accidentally shot a friend of his in an April hunting accident in Harney County, WW has learned.
The incident was not made public until WW inquired about it this afternoon. Law enforcement officials in Harney County did not immediately return phone calls.
When asked about the incident today, Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson provided the following statement:
Chief Larry O’Dea was on vacation in late April in Harney County, when he had a negligent discharge from his .22 caliber rifle that injured one of his very close friends.
The injured man was treated and released from the hospital and the Harney County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident.
Chief O’Dea reported the incident to Mayor Charlie Hales and to the Portland Police Bureau’s Professional Standards Division Captain.
“I’m very thankful that my friend is ok and I’m tremendously upset this happened,” said Chief O’Dea.
The bureau declined to make O'Dea available for an interview.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, O'Dea's boss, provided a brief statement on the matter:
"Larry O'Dea is a great chief, who is heartsick over hurting a friend," Hales said.