NE Portland mobile home park shooter charged

Timothy James Bucher appeared in court on Thursday

Portland police sent a SERT squad to a Northeast Portland mobile home when Timothy Bucher allegedly was shooting at homes, May 24, 2016 (KOIN)
Portland police sent a SERT squad to a Northeast Portland mobile home when Timothy Bucher allegedly was shooting at homes, May 24, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – As members of the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) inched closer to a man’s residence in an armored vehicle, they could see and hear gunfire baring down on their positions, according to a prosecutor’s affidavit.

Timothy James Bucher appeared in court on Thursday where he was arraigned on charges that included attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault of a police service animal, being a felon in possession of a firearm, menacing and recklessly endangering another person.

The three-page affidavit prepared by Multnomah County District Attorney David M. Hannon alleges that Bucher called 911 on Tuesday night “and requested police respond to …9000 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in order to provoke the police into shooting him.”

The affidavit also alleges:
– Bucher told police that he was armed with an AK-47 assault rife;
– Bucher filed several rounds horizontally and that the bullets were striking at head and chest level of a standing person;
– Bucher concentrated his gunfire on the armored vehicles and the officers around the vehicles as it approached his residence;
– Many of the bullets fired by Bucher ended up in nearby residences and the ground;
– Officers on scene feared that the bullets would strike them in the legs;
– Officer Chad Daul told Detective Brad Clifton that he saw the door to Bucher’s residence open and heard a voice from inside yell “I see you!”
– Daul then saw Bucher fire his rifle at the officers near the armored truck;
– Bucher repeatedly choked and punched a police dog that was used to take him into custody;
– Bucher told detective Mark Slater that he was “choking the dog out;”
– Neighbors told police that Bucher had made comments about wanting to “shoot it out” with police.

Bucher was convicted in 1989 of first-degree sodomy.

He remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Records show that he will be back in court on June 6.

Sgt. James Darby and Officer Chad Gradwahl, both members of SERT, remain on paid administrative leave, which is standard, until the completion of the grand jury’s review of the case.

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