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US officer who killed Dubliner arrested

THE Oregon policeman who shot and killed a 20-year-old Dubliner (Andrew Hanlon, pictured) last month has been arrested on child abuse charges.

Officer Tony Gonzalez shot Andrew Hanlon at 11pm on June 30 after responding to a report of a burglary in Silverton.

Now, the 35-year-old officer, a rookie with only one year full-time service on the force, has been arrested on two counts of first-degree sex abuse and three counts of third-degree sex abuse.

Prosecutors said the charges came after a woman and her minor daughter lodged a complaint on Saturday of multiple incidents of sex abuse and identified Gonzalez as the culprit. He has now been detained in prison without bail.

Tony Gonzalez is on administrative leave from the Silverton Police Department, pending the outcome of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Andrew Hanlon.

While the official police line is that Gonzalez was responding to a burglary, his family believed he was banging on a door in the mistaken belief it was his sister’s home. It was something Hanlon, who suffered from mental health problems, did on occasion.

Dorothea Carroll, "AJ" Hanlon’s mother, met with the Marion County district attorney’s staff for two hours on Friday to discuss the investigation into the incident.

Yesterday, 18 of the Irishman’s family, friends and community members attended a memorial service for him at Silverton’s Unger Funeral Chapel.

According to the US media, the shooting is being investigated by the multi-agency Marion County Homicide Assault Response Team, and its findings will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office. A grand jury is expected to be convened after the investigation is concluded.