New charge for officer who mistook lethal rounds for beanbags

From KATU.com, December 2, 2011

A Portland police officer faces a new charge for mistakenly shooting a man with lethal rounds during a standoff in June, rather than the beanbag rounds he intended to fire.

Officer Dane Reister was accused of shooting 20-year-old Kyle Monroe in the hip on June 30 in Southwest Portland. Police had received calls that an intoxicated man was harassing children in Lair Hill Park, and when officers found the suspect several blocks away Reister fired what were thought to be beanbag rounds.

In November a grand jury concluded after a month-long review that Reister would be indicted on charges of third and fourth-degree assault. Thursday a new charge of “negligent wounding” was filed, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

The new charge requires proof that “as a result of a failure to use ordinary care a person wounded another with a firearm,” according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

The court had ruled in October that the charge was not appropriate, but the D.A.’s office contended in a hearing last month that the charge should be considered.

Court documents did not reveal when the trial would begin.