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Update: Report of armed subject SE of Bend brings out SWAT Team, found to be inaccurate

George Millican Road was closed at Highway 20

(Update: Deputies find verbal dispute, no weapon involved)

MILLICAN, Ore. (KTVZ) A report of an armed subject in the area of U.S. Highway 20 East and George Millican Road southeast of Bend prompted the call-out of Deschutes County sheriff's deputies and the agency's SWAT Team on Wednesday morning.

However, it turned out to be something of a false alarm, they said later.

The report prompted closure of access from Highway 20 to George Millican Road. Deputies urged the public to "please avoid the area until this situation is resolved."

About 15 minutes later, shortly after 11 a.m., the sheriff's office updated in a tweet that "two subjects involved in the dispute have been located and are now with deputies."

Wednesday afternoon, an update online said, "After an investigation at the scene, the initial reported information was found to be inaccurate.

"It was determined there was a verbal argument between the two parties. No weapon was involved and no crime was committed. Resources were offered to the parties."

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  1. Kudos to Sheriff Nelson for bringing an internal SWAT capability to DCSO for just this kind of incident occurring in the county.

    The team is also fully educated and qualified / certified to respond to incidents within the county jail, with its special considerations, policies, and procedures. This was a long standing concern dating back to then Sheriff Greg Brown’s tenure, and then Sheriff Les Stiles time in office.

    Now the county and Bend, Redmond, Terrebonne, Sisters, Sunriver, LaPine, etc have both the DCSO SWAT and the joint agency CERT (which does not have DCSO officers as team members any longer) to rely on should multiple incidents occur at the same time, which has occurred in the past.

    1. Wrong. Ask a cop the next time you see one what the 3rd Amendment of the Constitution is. These clowns swore an oath to something they have no intention of upholding, nor can they quote

    2. are you advocating an abundance of caution for the public safety, even with no corroborating evidence? Kind of flies in the face of some of your recent posts, but guess it depends on what you really intend to promote/decry

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