PORTLAND, Ore. - A man who opened fire on Portland police officers, wounding two, has been given a 35-year jail term and the judge in the case compared it to a life sentence.
Ralph Turner, 62, was convicted in April on 12 counts of attempted aggravated murder, 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of first-degree assault.
Turner will serve 33 years and 6 months allowing for credit for time served during his trial.
Judge John Wittmayer told Turner he'll never get out of prison. What happened that day "was outrageous," Whittmayer said, and "you'll be in your 90s when your sentence is over - if you make it that long."
The story began in March of 2011 when police showed up at Turner's home in the 3300 block of Southeast 10th Avenue after getting a 9-1-1 call from his fiancee, who said he was suicidal.
She told police she had gotten that information secondhand through his sister, who said her brother was yelling that he didn't want to live and was threatening to take pills.
Officers Andrew Kofoed and Timothy Lowry arrived at the scene with Sgt. Reed Hunt.
When the officers went to the door of the home they asked if they could talk to Turner. But according to court documents, Turner replied, “No, but I have a gun.”
Police said he then fired a shot from a handgun through the door. The bullet went through Kofoed’s pant leg but didn’t hit him. Shrapnel from the door hit Kofoed in his bulletproof vest and Hunt in the hand. They were both treated at the scene.
A short time later, Turner critically injured Portland Police Officer Parik Singh when he shot him in the lower part of his stomach with a hunting rifle.
Police negotiators eventually convinced Turner, a retired sheet metal worker with no previous criminal history, to surrender.
Singh recovered following the shooting and has since returned to his patrol duties at the Central Precinct.
Singh was present at the sentencing and spoke to Turner. "You tried to rob me of my life," he said. "I came there to help you."
Sgt. Hunt, who retired shortly after the shooting, was planning to speak at the sentencing but passed away a week ago from an unrelated illness. Family members said he was emotionally affected by the shooting and it exacerbated his illness.
Turner does not face any charges related to his death.