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Iraq veteran shoots himself in the foot

30-year-old Troutdale man with PTSD will be charged, police say


An Iraq war veteran allegedly pointed a gun to his head before shooting himself in the foot Friday in Troutdale, said Sgt. Steve Bevens, spokesman at Troutdale Police.

Derick Morgan, 30, has post-traumatic stress disorder, according to early investigations by police.

The report said Morgan had stated in front of his wife that he was going to kill himself, but then shot himself in the foot.

The couple's two children were in the house at the time, police said. His family was not harmed in the incident.

Morgan was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Police anticipate charging him with multiple crimes, including discharge of a firearm and reckless endangering.

At about 6:20 a.m. Friday, Feb.28, Troutdale Police officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 1400 block of Southeast Chapman Street.

Police had received information that an Iraq War veteran was suicidal and had shot himself in the foot.

A 9-1-1 dispatcher was on the phone with Morgan's wife. She was told to leave the house with the children, police said.

Arriving officers confronted Morgan in his house, and he was taken into custody without incident, Bevens said. Morgan's case will be forwarded to the Multnomah County district attorney's office for prosecution, police said.



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