Police ID man shot to death in North Plains

Michael Zven Arch legally changed his name from Reiner Schmolling

Reiner Schmolling, Dec. 31, 2015 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Reiner Schmolling, Dec. 31, 2015 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — The man who was shot to death in North Plains late Tuesday afternoon is a 39-year-old man who legally changed his name after shooting a detective.

Michael Zven Arch — whose previous name was Reiner Schmolling — died after being shot multiple times at a home in the 16000 block of Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains.

When deputies arrived, they found Arch outside and attempted life-saving measures, but he died at the scene. It’s unclear if he lived in the house where the shooting happened.

Arch — then known as Schmolling — was notorious for killing a Washington County K9 in 1997, however, police confirmed to the Hillsboro Tribune that Arch did not kill the K9.

It is not clear at this time exactly when he changed his name.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his identity for KOIN 6 News on Wednesday.

“We are still actively searching for a suspect,” Jeff Talbot with the sheriff’s office said. Investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public.

His previous run-ins with the law

Schmolling shot a detective in 1997. On New Year’s Eve 2015 he was arrested after allegedly hitting a gas station attendant with a stolen motorhome as he pulled out without paying.

Schmolling allegedly stopped at the ARCO station on NW Glencoe Road around 8:15 p.m. that night and left without paying the $40 tab. The attendant’s hand was injured when the motorhome — stolen earlier in the week — pulled away.

Deputies learned another witness was following the motorhome, and Schmolling allegedly backed the motorhome into the witness’s Porsche to prevent him from following on NW Dairy Creek Road.

A trooper and K9 saw the motorhome speeding down the road. Schmolling pulled over and ran into the woods along with a woman passenger.

The K9 found them both.

According to the Hillsboro Tribune, the K9 launched at Schmolling the same time another officer fired his gun. The dog did not die because of Schmolling, but because of friendly fire

The woman was not far from the motorhome and Schmolling was hiding in a wooded area behind a fallen tree about 25 minutes later.

In August 2015, Schmolling was arrested after getting into a fight with another man.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to show that Michael Arch did not shoot and kill a K9