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DUII suspect held after La Pine exchange of gunfire with DCSO deputies

(Update: DA names deputies involved)

Bend man, deputies unhurt; officials say he fired shots from car

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – Authorities on Thursday identified a Bend man arrested Christmas night after allegedly exchanging gunfire with Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies who pulled him over in La Pine on drunken driving charges. No one was injured, they said.

The traffic stop occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Dyke Road in La Pine, sheriff's Lt. Chad Davis said.

James Lamkin, 29, was booked into the county jail in Bend on charges of DUII, felony attempting to elude police, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of menacing and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team was called out to investigate the incident, Davis said. Redmond police Lt. Curtis Chambers said Thursday the Redmond Police Department is the lead agency in the deputy-involved shooting incident.

As is standard practice, two deputies at the scene were placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation, Davis said.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Sheriff Shane Nelson called him to report the incident Wednesday evening and Chief Deputy DA Steve Gunnels responded to assist in the ongoing investigation.

“The traffic stop was initiated based on a deputy’s suspicion that the driver was impaired,” Hummel told NewsChannel 21 Thursday. “We believe the driver of the car fired shots, and one deputy returned fire.”

Hummel said sheriff's Deputy Evan Kennedy had stopped Lamkin's car for a suspected DUII. Deputy Anthony Ramos responded to the scene, and Lamkin fired multiple shots from the vehicle, prompting Ramos to fire back at Lamkin. No one was injured.

The DA said he will release more information after all of the witnesses are interviewed.

"We always look at when a member of the public fires shots, what is the propriety of that? We've charged this gentleman with crimes, for his act of firing shots," Hummel said..

"Second, we look at the deputy's decision to fire shots," he added. "Any time a member of law enforcement discharges his service weapon, we ask -- I ask -- was that a proper use of the privilege he has, to carry a gun and badge in our community?"

Lamkin was arraigned Thursday on a six-count initial charging document alleging DUII, fleeing or attempting to elude police, unlawful use of a firearm, menacing "by firing a handgun (from) his vehicle" and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. His initial bail was set at $60,000.

Court records show Lamkin pleaded not guilty last week after his October arrest in Crook County on charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of a marijuana item, as well as possession of psilocybin mushrooms.

The La Pine shooting incident came two days before Hummel's scheduled Friday afternoon press conference to announce his findings in a deputy-involved shooting the evening of Nov. 29 at the Cascade Village Shopping Center on Robal Road.

Adam Gilliam, 28, of John Day, allegedly had stolen a car from the Shepherd's House homeless shelter and led law enforcement on a pursuit until a pursuit intervention technique stopped the car, and he was shot and wounded.

Gilliam was hospitalized, then booked into the county jail on Dec. 9. Four days later, a grand jury indicted him on eight charges, including two Class C felonies, attempting to elude police and car theft, as well as several misdemeanor counts of reckless endangering, reckless driving and driving with a suspended or revoked license. A plea hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8.

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Barney Lerten

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Comments

26 Comments

  1. Sensationalizing the news again?
    To me the statement “officer involved shooting” means someone got shot. Shots fired would be a more accurate statement for this story.

    1. Unless the headline or first paragraph changed, what is sensationalized about this?
      Shot(s) fired, no injuries reported.
      By definition, shooting is nothing more than the act of discharging a weapon, kinda like “fishing” doesn’t imply actually catching a thing.

  2. Good way to keep the previous incident alive and to the forefront – or was it related to the La Pine altercation? Does make it sound like these things are more common to fit the current narrative coming out of Salem.

          1. Geez Barney, if I would have known you were eating dinner out for Christmas,
            you could have come to our house. My wife always makes a ridiculous amount of
            food, and she is a great cook… I know a lot of people eat out on holidays though.

  3. sounds like the deputy could use a little more firearms training before he’s allowed out. he either fired his gun off by accident or couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn if nothing was hit

    1. No monday morning quarterbacking, you obviously do not have the facts to make any judgement, lastly you were not at the scene of this D-I-S (Deputy Involved Shooting)

  4. This idiot is very lucky he is a crappy shot, and that the deputies weren’t shooting
    any better…I don’t have a problem if someone that does stupid things like this guy
    gets shot, but I’m glad the deputies weren’t hit.

    1. I would like to think our deputies have enough training to be a better aim than a drunk. their own lives depend on it as well as the lives of bystanders. i’m not seeing the duii charges in the arraignment which is odd since that was the reason they pulled him over and one of the original charges

      1. All the comments about the Deputy missing and being a poor shot are revealing all your ignorant remarks. I am sure you made the stupid remark after knowing what the distance between the two was, was the suspect standing, ducking or running? Was he behind cover, in the vehicle and was it moving and what were the lighting conditions???? Ignorant, insensitive and baseless comments.

        1. “Lamkin was arraigned Thursday on a six-count initial charging document alleging DUII, fleeing or attempting to elude police, unlawful use of a firearm, menacing “by firing a handgun (from) his vehicle” and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. His initial bail was set at $60,000.”

          According to this statement, he was charged with menacing by firing a handgun from his vehicle. The points you make are valid, but you forgot the most important factor and that is how a person reacts under stress and high adrenaline levels.

        2. I just criticized the officers shooting and I still stand by that. I think they did a good job once shots had been fired bringing things to a bloodless ending.

      2. So Lester, it appears that you must have a wealth of knowledge about firearms, firearm training and their use in tactical situations. Please enlighten us about this knowledge. I hope it is more than sitting on your couch watching a movie (“one shot, one kill…”). It doesn’t work that way in the real world.

  5. So Lester, it appears that you must have a wealth of knowledge about firearms, firearm training and their use in tactical situations. Please enlighten us about this knowledge. I hope it is more than sitting on your couch watching a movie (“one shot, one kill…”). It doesn’t work that way in the real world.

    1. I grew up in rural Alaska got my first gun at age 7, duck hunted with a 12 gauge at 8, and lived on my own subsistence hunting since I was 14. I was pretty good at 1 shot 1 meal. I stand by my statement, the deputy needs more firearms training. if he isn’t hitting the target there is a good chance he’s going to hit something he isn’t aiming at. bullets don’t just kill the guilty, they kill whatever they hit.

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