Statements by Troutdale Police Department Chief and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant on Reynolds High School Shooting
Additional information released June 11, 2014: Updates Concerning Shooting at Reynolds High School
The following remarks were given at a press conference on June 10, 2014, at 5 p.m. PDT regarding the shooting at Reynolds High School.
My name is Scott Anderson and I am the chief for the Troutdale Police Department.
Tonight, I must share the sad news that we identified the victim in today’s shooting as 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, a freshman at Reynolds High School. I met with Emilio’s parents this afternoon, and I can tell you how devastated they are by the news. They want you to know that Emilio was a great kid—loved by all.
Obviously, the family has a difficult road ahead of them. On their behalf, I ask that the media do not attempt to contact them at this time. When they are ready to make or release a more formal statement, we will assist in that effort if they so desire.
This is a tragedy that affects our whole community. This is not supposed to happen in any school...or to any child. But we will get through this together.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to teacher Todd Rispler, who, despite being injured, was able to make his way to the office and initiate the school lockdown.
I know that you have many questions about what happened inside Reynolds today, and I will try to provide some of those details to you. However, please note that this is an ongoing case, and we are limited in what we can release.
We have tentatively identified the shooter in today’s event, but again, we are not in a position to 100 percent confirm his name and age at this time. When we are able to do so, we will release that information.
I want to give you some brief, preliminary information about what we believe happened inside Reynolds High School today. The shooter entered the building housing the school’s gym. It is a separate, detached building.
We know that Emilio was shot and killed in the boys locker room. The shooter was located in a different, separate restroom.
As we received the initial reports of an active shooter, two Troutdale Police school resource officers and two other local police officers responded very quickly. I believe that their quick response saved many of our students’ lives. For that, your community and I thank you.
I know there are numerous media reports about how the shooter died. I can tell you that information is not confirmed. We are waiting for details from the medical examiner’s office before knowing or confirming any such information. Likewise, we will not comment on the specific weapon used at this time other than to say it was a rifle.
I want to thank all of the local, state, and federal agencies that have been supporting us in this effort...as well as the emergency responders and mental health professionals.
The following remarks were delivered by Lieutenant Steve Alexander of Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is active and on-going.
There is no admittance to the building until at least tomorrow.
We have some important information related to pick up of vehicles on the school grounds.
For those parked on the west side of the school, go to the parking lot at Imagination Station at 6 p.m. You will be able to remove your car at that time.
If you are parked in the eastern parking lot—by the gym—go to Imagination Station at 7 p.m.. We will escort a few in at a time to get your vehicles.
Everyone must bring a set of keys—you will not be allowed into the building to retrieve any keys that may have been left behind.
The school district reports that backpacks brought out of school and left during evacuation can be picked up from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Reynolds Middle School. Any bags left inside the high school cannot be picked up at this time. Details on how to pick up those items will be released at a later time.
Anyone who was a witness to the events inside the school this morning or who may have information about the shooting is asked to call the Troutdale Police tip line at (503) 250-7943. People with images taken during the incident this morning should e-mail those through the link available at www.Troutdale.info.
Multnomah County has established a mental health resource center at Mt. Hood Community College gymnasium. That center is being staffed by counselors from Multnomah County, FBI Victim’s Services, and Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) and the Reynolds School District from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and will be staffed tomorrow as well from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis line is also available at (503) 988-4888.
- Related press release: Multiple Agencies Respond to Active Shooter at Reynolds High School