On Thursday, Aug. 8, two law enforcement officers with the Washington County Sheriff's Office were shot and wounded while reportedly searching for an armed suspect near the north end of Henry Hagg Lake.
Deputy Chris Iverson, the more junior of the two, was only lightly injured. He was treated and released from the hospital that same night, according to the Sheriff's Office. But Cpl. Jeremy Braun was seriously hurt and was airlifted to the hospital by a LifeFlight helicopter.
Now Braun is back at home and on the road to recovery, said Deputy Brian van Kleef, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. He was released from the hospital late last week, van Kleef said.
"We're excited he's making good progress," van Kleef said.
Braun and Iverson were shot with a shotgun, according to van Kleef. The suspect, Dante James Halling, is also believed to have stolen a rifle from a nearby residence, van Kleef said, but he allegedly used a shotgun he stole as well to attack law enforcement officers searching for him.
Braun took a damaging blast.
"A lot of the little lead pellets were basically stuck inside his body, and they're in his neck and his lungs," van Kleef said. "They'll probably stay in his body for several years."
With those extensive injuries, even though he's been discharged from OHSU Hospital, Braun is still facing medical procedures and physical therapy.
"He's kind of relearning how to walk and how to swallow," van Kleef said.
It's unclear at this time whether Braun will return to regular duty with the Sheriff's Office. He is a 16-year veteran of the agency.
Halling was also wounded after deputies and police officers reportedly returned fire. Along with Braun and Iverson, six other law enforcement officers — most of them from the Sheriff's Office, but also including a Hillsboro police officer and a Tualatin police detective — were placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy for any officer involved in a shooting.
Halling has pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges, including six counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and unlawful use of a weapon, and burglary and theft. A hearing has been set for Sept. 23 to possibly determine a trial date.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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