Bend, Ore. (KOIN/KTVZ) – Newly released video shows a desperate struggle – a woman, fighting to break free. The scene played out May 31st at the High Desert Museum near Bend. The museum is a popular spot for local students to take a field trip.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel released video of the incident on Wednesday. It shows a man holding a woman. His arm is around her neck, threatening to kill her.
That man has been identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Berger, who Hummel says just moved to Bend.
Berger had a knife to 39-year-old Amanda Berry’s throat. When confronted by others, Berry escaped.
Shortly after the recording stops, and with police on scene, shots were fired. The OSP officer pulling the trigger was 13-year-veteran, Richard Brannin. A taser was deployed before the shooting.
As the investigation continues – it’s still unclear what led to this scene – or that shooting.
Hummel said, “She believed, and I believe, as well, that if Mr. Berger got her out of that building, she would no longer be with us today.”
It’s still not clear what led to the attack. Police say the suspect and victim didn’t know each other.