Deschutes County, Ore. (KTVZ) — At about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, 911 dispatch received a report about an assault in progress where a man was holding a woman by her throat with a knife in his hand at the High Desert Museum near Bend, Oregon.
Oregon State Police troopers arrived on scene within minutes. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson said, “Once on scene an officer involved shooting took place, at this time a male subject was pronounced dead at the scene”
An OSP trooper shot the suspect and he died from his injuries at the museum.
The woman suffered from minor injuries, and officers were unharmed. The man and woman did not know each other before the incident.
John Hummel, Deschutes County District Attorney said the incident happened inside and outside the museum. The fluid scene lead to more museum attendees witnessing the incident. “It’s important to note that there were numerous witnesses at the museum. It was a Tuesday afternoon, we had school children present,” said Hummel.
Fortunately, police say they don’t believe the children witnessed any of the shooting. Those who did witness the incident were interviewed after the shooting, but police say other witnesses left before giving their statement.
While the investigation is ongoing, police say the public has nothing to fear.
The Red Cross, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Deschutes County Behavioral Health Services were available to witnesses before releasing them home from a museum visit that turned into a tragic situation.
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