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Portland police officer fired for 2011 ammo mix-up shooting

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Officer Dane Reister // Photo: KPTV Officer Dane Reister // Photo: KPTV
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Lair Hill Park, June 2011 // Photo: KPTV Lair Hill Park, June 2011 // Photo: KPTV
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland police officer on paid administrative leave since mistakenly using live ammunition instead of bean bag rounds on a suspect in June 2011 has been fired.

The Portland Police Bureau notified Officer Dane Reister that his employment had been terminated on Tuesday, citing violations of bureau directives related to unsatisfactory performance and less lethal weapons and munitions.

Reister shot William Monroe in June 2011 with a shotgun he thought was loaded with beanbag rounds. The former officer was responding to 911 calls about a suspicious man at Lair Hill Park acting strangely near children.

Monroe, who was 20 at the time, was rushed to the hospital and survived the shooting. He filed an $11 million lawsuit against the city in April 2013.

The Portland City Council agreed to settle the lawsuit for more than $2 million in June.

Reister was indicted on assault charges. He pleaded not guilty.

After initially calling the situation a "terrible mistake," Chief Michael Reese referenced the long internal investigation in a statement Wednesday.

"This has been a long and thorough investigation, which had complexities due to the pending criminal charges," Reese said. "The events of June 30 devastated the lives of those involved, but we hope that this action will bring some sense of closure."

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