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Two fire warning shots in S. County dispute; suspect accused of punching K-9

TAFT, JONATHAN WEB
Deschutes County Jail
Jonathan Floyd Taft

Around 10 warning shots fired by alleged victim, neighbor

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Reports of about 10 shots fired during a domestic dispute brought numerous police to a neighborhood north of La Pine Thursday night and led to the arrest of a La Pine man who allegedly challenged deputies and punched a Deschutes County sheriff’s K-9 several times. Deputies said an alleged female victim fired warning shots in self-defense and a neighbor did the same, but no one was injured.

Deputies responded just after 9 p.m. to a reported dispute involving several shots fired in the area of Jacinto and Solar roads, just south of Spring River Road, according to a news release from Sgt. Shawn Heierman and Lt. Mike Sundberg.

Residents reported hearing gunshots after a loud argument between a man and woman, they said. Bend police and Oregon State Police troopers also were called in, along with on-duty SWAT personnel and sheriff’s office and Bend police armored vehicles due to the serious nature of the call and report of about 10 gunshots.

County 911 dispatchers received more calls after officers arrived regarding a physical and verbal dispute in the area, so police established a containment perimeter.

A suspect identified as Jonathan Floyd Taft was located in the driveway of a home in the 17300 block of Jacinto Road, determined to be the location of the initial dispute, the deputies said.

They said Taft challenged deputies and refused to follow law enforcement instructions. Deputies tried to negotiate with Taft, who Heierman and Sundberg said “continued to display combative and threatening behavior toward law enforcement.”

Deputies determined Taft was the suspect in the initial dispute, where he allegedly tried to assault a male and menaced a female. Sheriff’s patrol K-9 Ezel and partner Deputy Jeremiah Johnson were on scene, and concerns Taft might be armed and was threatening to assault law enforcement prompted deployment of Ezel, to get Taft into custody, deputies said.

Taft continued to resist arrest, punching Ezel several times, but the police dog overpowered Taft, who was taken into custody.

Deputies determined the dispute began when Taft trespassed in order to retrieve his property, attempting to assault a man and woman on scene.

“This resulted in the female victim using her firearm for her own protection,” deputies said, firing several warning shots to prevent the assault.

“A nearby neighbor heard the dispute and gunshots and perceived a threat to him and his family’s safety,” Heierman and Sundberg said. “Believing the assault had moved to his property, the neighbor also fired several warning shots in the air.” No injuries occurred due to the gunshots, they said.

Taft was evaluated by La Pine Fire medics and later taken to St. Charles Bend for minor injuries sustained from the K-9 before being booked into the county jail on charges of second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement animal and fourth-degree attempted assault. He was held on initial bail of $32,500.

Court records show the district attorney's office filed initial charges earlier Thursday against Taft of resisting arrest and second-degree criminal trespass, alleging he illegally was at a property on Beaver Drive in Sunriver on May 14 and resisted arrest by a Sunriver police officer.

They also show several misdemeanor charges and alleged violations over the past two months, including third-degree theft, disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and criminal trespass, as well as driving without a license or insurance and refusing to take a breath test for DUII.

Crime And Courts / Deschutes County / Top Stories

Barney Lerten

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26 Comments

  1. Why does KTVZ continue to call this part of Deschutes County LaPine? LaPine is 15 miles away. This is a Bend address. No one calls this LaPine ever, except you. Knock it off, you help give LaPine a bad name. Irresponsible reporting!

    1. The sheriff’s office said it’s north of La Pine and said the suspect is a La Pine resident, though court records show Sunriver transient and Bend address as well. Bend is many miles away too. We said south county in headline, we never said it was in La Pine. Mailing addresses are useless, geographically, when folks hear of Bend addresses south of Sunriver of halfway to Sisters they say “huh???” We try to be as clear as possible.

                1. So true! I never see any crime reported in Bend. It’s always Redmond, Prineville, Sisters, Terrebonne or La Pine.
                  Bendi is a crime-free oasis.

          1. When’s the last time you were here? It’s an awesome town. I’ve lived here 40 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else. There are beautiful homes here and wonderful people too. There are bad people everywhere. I wouldn’t live in Bend if someone bought me a house.

  2. When is everyone going to get the drift that this is considered the Three Rivers area?
    If you Google it, it shows that area on the map. Not LaPine, not Sunriver. I don’t think either one want to claim this jerk!
    Sorry to see this area tries to change, but guys like this keep dragging the area down.

  3. that sounds like 9 warning shots too many, the neighbors bailing out of their house firing warning shots at nothing would be comical if it wasn’t so dangerous. I know the guy was wanting to sound off so it was known he had protection, but he had just of good a chance to draw fire his way and every bullet he fires off has got to come back to earth somewhere

    1. Definitely need more guns. More guns = less gun violence according the national redneck association and the flat earth society. Just can’t have too many guns.

      1. the problem is now days a lot of folks don’t know how to be a responsible gun owner or how to handle a crisis. if I was a cop I would have given them both tickets to go to a fire arms safety coarse. a gun isn’t for waving around giving warnings or warning volleys, they are for the final solution in the last line of defense.

  4. La Pine and east Bend are definitely places where civilization ends.Oh, I forgot Deschutes River woods, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Tumalo and Alfalfa.The misfits keep moving in along with the CalPERS retirees.I suppose it’s the price of “progress”.

  5. more guns….

    – when law enforcement sends a dog to attack a suspect, then charges that suspect with “assault on a law enforcement animal” it is just absurd – show me a human who doesn’t react when being bitten by an animal – i’m no fan of hurting or abusing an animal in any way, but isn’t training a dog to attack people abuse of the dog?

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