A transient man was arrested on weapons charges Sunday after firing a handgun in a church parking lot east of Bend, apparently in an effort to kill a rock chuck for supper, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
A call about shots being fired at the Christian Life Center on U.S. Highway 20 near Hamby Road came in around 6:30 p.m., said Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Dizney. Deputies responded quickly, he said, fearing someone could be shooting at the church or people attending an event there.
That wasn’t the case, Dizney said. “It was just a transient who found an opportunity for some food,” he said.
The rock chuck wasn’t harmed in the shooting, Dizney said. Deputies arrested the man on suspicion of having a concealed, stolen gun and shooting in a way that was dangerous to passing cars.
The man, Kerry Schoenborn, 51, was being held Sunday night at the Deschutes County jail on $22,000 bail, according to the jail website. He was being held on suspicion of three counts of carrying a concealed weapon; two counts each of unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering; and one count of first-degree theft.
— Bulletin staff reports