NE Portland Traffic Stop Sh00ter Sentenced to 15 Years

According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, a man who pleaded guilty to shooting at police officers during a traffic stop in Northeast Portland last year was given a 15-year prison sentence.

Accused of two charges of attempted aggravated murder and one count each of unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a handgun, 37-year-old Matthew Leahey pleaded guilty on Monday.

The alleged crime occurred on May 6, 2022, in Portland’s Northeast neighborhood. Several traffic offenses were cited as the reason for Leahey’s stop near the corner of NE 78th Avenue and Mason Street. When police asked for identification, he lied and didn’t produce it.

Police ordered him to put his hands over his head, but he instead drew a weapon and fired at an officer, “narrowly missing his head.”

NE Portland Traffic Stop Sh00ter Sentenced to 15 Years

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office reported, “Leahey then exited the car and raised his gun to shoot at a second officer before police fired at him.”

Leahey was shot multiple times and severely hurt; no police officers were hurt.

On Thursday, Judge Thomas Ryan of the Circuit Court for Multnomah County handed Leahey a sentence of 180 months in jail. To serve his time, he will be sent to the state prison system.

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