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Terrebonne-area domestic incident brings out DCSO, police, armored unit

O'Neil Highway closed for a time; police leave after victim's rescue

TERREBONNE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A domestic dispute and alleged assault at a Terrebonne-area home brought out Deschutes County sheriff's deputies, Redmond and Bend police and a DCSO armored unit late Friday night, also closing a stretch of O'Neil Highway for a time. But law enforcement de-escalated the situation after the alleged victim was rescued.

Deputies were dispatched around 10:10 p.m. to the possible domestic dispute after 911 dispatchers got a call and could hear a female screaming and crying due to an apparent domestic assault in progress, Sgt. Troy Gotchy said.

A sheriff's deputy and two Redmond police officers arrived and witnessed an assault taking place, Gotchy said. They were able to get the 22-year-old woman out of the home safely.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old male suspect ran into another room and locked himself inside, Gotchy said. It was believed he could have access to weapons in the room, so the deputy and officers evacuated the woman to a safe location and set a perimeter around the house.

Several more deputies and officers from the Redmond and Bend police departments arrived on scene, along with an armored unit from the sheriff's office, the sergeant said.

Several attempts were made to contact the man, including phone calls into the house and loud hailing from the armored unit, but there was no response.

During the situation, the O'Neil Highway (state Highway 370) was closed between 17th Street and Lone Pine Road, Gotchy said.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the names of the suspect and victim were not released. Redmond Fire and ODOT also assisted at the scene.

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Barney Lerten

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  1. Domestic violence one of the most dangerous situations for law enforcement officers to face. Glad to see the back up in the plan and safe resolution for everyone.

  2. Wait, let me get this straight. The cops witnessed a domestic assault, closed a road and brought out their swat tank thing, got the guy barricaded in a room where he had access to his firearms, tried to call and negotiate with him and he wouldn’t, so they just left without killing anyone? Honestly, I’m gobsmacked. How can this be?

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