The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the Bend Police Department responded to the High Desert Museum on May 31 at 3:25pm on the report of an assault in progress. Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received information there was an adult male holding a female by the throat threatening to kill her. Further information from 911 Dispatch indicated the male was armed with a knife.
When this incident was occurring, there were several visitors and staff inside the museum. Staff from the High Desert Museum assisted the numerous visitors out of the area where the male and female were located.
Within minutes of the initial 911 call being made, an Oregon State Police Trooper arrived on scene and entered the museum. The Trooper located the male inside the museum. During this encounter the Trooper fired his weapon, striking the male suspect.
The male suspect died from his injuries at the scene. The female received non-life threatening injuries and is cooperating with investigators. The Oregon State Police Trooper was not injured during the incident. There is no known connection between the male and female.
Per Deschutes County Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, a multiagency crime team was activated with the Bend Police Department as the lead investigating agency assisting the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. The Tri County Major Incident Team is made up of all law enforcement agencies in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.
Bend Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Behavioral Health and the Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross responded to assist with the multiple witnesses at the museum.