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Portland police chief Larry O'Dea

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Documents say the Portland police chief who was put on leave after revelations he may have lied about accidentally shooting a friend in the back during a hunting trip smelled of alcohol during an interview afterward.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that a sheriff’s deputy said in an Oregon Fish & Wildlife report that Larry O’Dea also seemed nervous and had bloodshot eyes after the April 21 shooting.

O’Dea told deputies at the scene that the victim accidentally shot himself. Four days later, he told the mayor that he accidentally shot his friend with a .22-caliber rifle.

The chief stepped aside this week after multiple agencies launched investigations. They began a month after the shooting, when officials discovered O’Dea was involved.

Portland police said O’Dea wasn’t available for comment.