Cop shooter released to treatment facility

Nick Texiera in an undated photo. (KOIN 6 News file)
Nick Texiera in an undated photo. (KOIN 6 News file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man who shot a Clackamas County sheriff’s sergeant in the face at point-blank range in 2003 will be released from the Oregon State Hospital.

Nick Texiera was 15 when he shot Damon Coates, who survived but is permanently disabled.

At a hearing Tuesday, the Psychiatric Security Review Board determined Texeira was appropriate for conditional release to Pendleton Cottage Secure Residential Treatment Facility.

The psychiatric review board will continue review his case for the next 20 years.

Neighbors who remember the 2003 shooting hope Texiera has been rehabilitated.

“Shooting a police officer is a scary thing,” said neighbor Jill Allison. “I am for second chances, and hope he is rehabilitated. But it is kind of scary.”

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