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DCSO: Tumalo dispute involving gun brings SWAT, CERT teams – no arrests

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office patrol car 2020
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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) –  Several calls to Deschutes County 911 Saturday evening of a dispute in Tumalo involving a man pointing a gun, another man armed with a knife and lots of screaming brought sheriff’s deputies and eventually the agency’s SWAT team and an armored vehicle to the scene, but no immediate arrests.

Deputies were dispatched around 6:40 p.m. to the reported dispute involving a firearm on 85th Place, near Tumalo Road north of Bend, Sgt. Troy Gotchy said.

A caller said a man had pointed an AK-47 at him during the dispute while other residents in the area to report lots of screaming, and a report of a man armed with a knife, Gotchy said.

The first two deputies to arrive on scene contacted a man walking down 85th place with a large knife in a sheath on his side. Gotchy said the man was detained without incident, after dropping the knife, and put in a patrol car.

Several more deputies arrived on scene and began “loud hailing” the home reportedly involved. Four people came out and complied with deputies’ orders, Gotchy said. All were detained during the investigation.

While speaking with the people on scene, deputies learned the rifle was still on the property, and there could be two people at the back of the property who might have access to firearms.

Members of the sheriff’s office SWAT Team and K-9 Ares and his partner Deputy Michael Mangin responded to help with the call, the sergeant said.

Several officers from the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) already were out on another mission with their armored vehicle and also responded to assist. Once they arrived, the armored vehicle was driven to the house, and several more loud hails were given, asking anyone else on the property to come. After no response, the property was cleared, and it was earned the two subjects were not on the scene.

Sheriff’s detectives also went to the scene to help in the investigation, which revealed there was a large knife and SKS rifle involved in the dispute, Gotchy said.

No arrests have been made, the sergeant said late Saturday night, but the investigation is ongoing. Other agencies involved in the incident included the Bend and Redmond police departments, and the Bend Fire Department.

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