A standoff between an armed individual inside Bend Oil Co. and Bend Police prompted the closure of a section of Scott Street for three hours Thursday. The individual, whom police would not identify by name or gender, was found dead inside the building and there was no evidence of foul play, said Bend Police spokesman Lt. Clint Burleigh Thursday evening.
Heavily armed officers and armored vehicles responded to the situation at 9:44 a.m. Thursday after workers in the business called 911, Burleigh said.
They told police they knew the individual, who had arrived with a firearm and intoxicated, Burleigh said. Other details about the individual alarmed police, said Burleigh, who would not share them.
At 10:50 a.m., police closed SE Scott Street from the northbound on-ramp to U.S. Highway 97 to SE Davis Avenue. Police reopened the street at 1:50 p.m.
Patrons of area businesses were told to stay put because the individual was considered dangerous.
Cari Brown, the general manager of Sparrow Bakery’s Scott Street location said the incident occurred across the street from the bakery, at a red-and-white building at 303 SE Scott St., which she said is operated by Bend Oil Co.
At 10:24 a.m. Thursday, Brown said she received a call from Bend Police, stating that there was an armed person being threatening in the building. She was told that the person was dangerous, and she and her customers were advised not to leave the building until it is safe.
Several customers left the bakery a little after noon, according to Brown.
Brown said she saw about a dozen police officers, with two armored vehicles, close off that section of SE Scott Street to traffic. She added that officers told her they were trying to resolve the situation peacefully.
“The police force has been very communicative,” Brown said.