Portland police chief to retire amid inquiry into shooting

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Posted: Jun 27, 2016 12:48 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer says the embattled Portland police chief plans to retire as authorities investigate whether he may have lied about accidentally shooting a friend in the back during an April hunting trip.

Attorney Derek Ashton told The Oregonian/OregonLive (https://is.gd/yZRnRT ) on Sunday that he expects no charges against Police Chief Larry O'Dea, who's been on leave for a month.

Mayor Charlie Hales has scheduled a Monday press conference, where he's expected to announce the retirement. O'Dea has been chief since January 2015.

He initially told authorities that his friend accidentally shot himself. Days later, he told Hales that he fired the shot, but his involvement didn't emerge for nearly a month, when a sheriff talked to the victim.

A deputy who interviewed O'Dea at the scene wrote in a report that he smelled of alcohol. O'Dea denied being intoxicated.