DCSO SWAT Team members used 'flash bang' to disorient, capture suspect
(Update: Arrest of suspect in shooting)
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team members used a “flash bang” device Sunday to disorient and arrest a Redmond man on attempted murder and other charges in the shooting of another man Saturday night near Sunriver, deputies said.
County 911 dispatchers received a call around 9 p.m. Saturday reporting a shooting with injuries near milepost 1 on Cottonwood Road, between Highway 97 and Sunriver, Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.
Deputies and Sunriver police arrived to find a gunshot victim, who was taken to St. Charles Bend by Sunriver Fire Department paramedics with serious injuries, Vander Kamp said.
Sheriff's office detectives spent several hours on the scene investigating what had occurred, closing Cottonwood Road and the Highway 97 offramps for a time. They were reopened by early Sunday morning.
Deputies and detectives worked through the night processing evidence at the scene and identified Cody Tanner Colton of Redmond, 23, as a suspect in the case, Lt. Chad Davis said.
Further investigation determined Colton was at a home in the 1600 block of Southwest 27th Street in Redmond, Davis said.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Street Crime Units, Criminal Division and with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team began surveillance at the residence, as members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team arrived in preparation for a raid on the home.
But before the search warrant could be served, detectives saw a man leaving the home who they identified as Colton. Because he was on foot, Davis said, SWAT Team members staged in the area quickly “made a tactical approach toward Colton and used a distraction device known as a ‘flash bang’ to disorient” him, the lieutenant said.
The flash bang diverted Colton’s attention, allowing SWAT Team members to take him into custody without further incident around 12:35 p.m. near the intersection of Southwest Pumice Avenue and 21st Street.
The suspect had a loaded 9mm handgun concealed in his clothing at the time of his arrest, Davis said.
Colton was taken to the county jail in Bend and held without bail on an attempted murder charge. He also faces charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and an outstanding parole violation warrant.
Other details about the shooting were being withheld as the investigation continues.
The sheriff's office was assisted at the shooting scene by Sunriver and Bend police, Oregon State Police, ODOT and the Deschutes County Road Department.
Court records show Tanner was a La Grande resident when he pleaded guilty last November to failure to report as a sex offender and was sentenced to 20 days in jail and two years probation.
Last August, also in Union County, he pleaded guilty to supplying contraband. In 2018, he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
In 2015, in Deschutes County, he pleaded guilty to sex abuse and a rape charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation.