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Bend bank workers thought they saw gun, called police

Downtown Bend US Bank police
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Police were sent to US Bank in downtown Bend Friday morning after workers thought man had a gun

But customer actually was holding wallet

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Police rushed to a downtown Bend bank Friday morning when employees who thought they’d seen a customer with a gun hid under a desk and called 911. But officers said it turned out the object in his hand was his wallet.

Police were dispatched around 9:40 a.m. to the U.S. Bank at 1025 NW Bond Street, Lt. Clint Burleigh said.

Employees said a man had walked into the branch with a  firearm, and the callers “were concerned enough to hide under a desk” in the bank. 

Based on information given to dispatch, several officers and detectives began an investigation. Burleigh said they determined the bank customer did not have a gun, and a wallet was mistaken for a firearm.

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Barney Lerten

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