Deputies make arrest after gun discharge on TriMet bus

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

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This morning (Friday, Jan. 17), Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded after TriMet alerted authorities that a gun had discharged on a bus. The bullet struck the floor, and no one was injured. Initial reports indicate the shooting was likely not intentional. Deputies later arrested a suspect -- TROY EDWIN ROBANSKE, age 42, of Gresham  -- on multiple charges (including Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Reckless Endangering) after he allegedly tried to hide the firearm in a restroom.

Around 11:40 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, TriMet dispatch alerted authorities that a firearm had been discharged on a northbound TriMet bus near the intersection of SE McLoughlin and SE Concord Road in unincorporated Milwaukie.

The bus had previously picked up the male suspect -- Troy Edwin Robanske, age 42, of Gresham  -- who was carrying a small 14" x 5" case that appeared to be a handgun case.

At one point, witnesses report, Robanske allegedly reached into the case and the gun went off. The round went into the floor of the bus. No one was injured. According to TriMet officials, there were about 20-25 other riders on the bus at the time the gun discharged.

The bus continued to the next stop near 15700 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Once the bus stopped, Robanske reportedly exited.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene within a few minutes, but the suspect was not immediately located. A short time later -- near the intersection of McLoughlin and Rothe Road -- deputies located Robanske. 

Deputies contacted Troy Robanske. He reportedly initially told deputies he did not have a gun -- just bullets that somehow went off inside of a case. Deputies continued to investigate -- and found a.380 semi-automatic handgun in a nearby restroom.

Following further investigation, Troy Edwin Robanske was arrested and booked into Clackamas County Jail on charges of Ex-Con in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Recklessly Endangering, and Disorderly Conduct II. Full booking info is here.

Transit police are currently investigating with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. This includes a forensic examination of the discharged round in the floor of the bus. A photo (courtesy KPTV Fox12) of the bus is attached. A booking photo is attached. Photos of the hidden gun and bus damage are forthcoming. Video surveillance from the bus is not available at this time.


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Robert Wurpes, Lieutenant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


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