October 15 2019
BEND, Oregon - An Otis man was allegedly menacing family with pistol during dispute over noise while vacationing at Bend resort.
On March 21, 2019 at 8:13PM, Deschutes County 911 received a call from a juvenile who reported his father, Michael Spencer of Portland, was fighting with an unknown man holding a gun. Using GPS data from the 911 caller's cell phone, operators were able to determine the call was coming from the Seventh Mountain Resort on Century Drive.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies arrived to find Dustin Eugene Shippee of Otis, Oregon retreating to his vacation apartment. Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by Bend Police Officers, called Shippee out of the apartment where his was detained without further incident.
An investigation determined that both families were vacationing in apartments on separate floors. Shippee became upset about the noise being made in Spencer's apartment above throughout the day. He went upstairs to confront Spencer about the noise. After a brief verbal exchange, Shippee left Spencer's doorway to retrieve a pistol and returned to confront Spender a second time.
After Shippee returned with the pistol, he and Spencer struggled on the balcony causing the pistol to fall to the ground. No shots were fired during the incident. Spencer sustained minor injuries during the fight.
DCSO Deputies later recovered the pistol from Shippee's apartment. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.
Shippee was arrested and lodged into the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Jail on the following charges; Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing x2, Recklessly Endangering Another x2, Assault IV and Disorderly Conduct II
CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.