The man shot dead Wednesday night by a Deschutes County sheriff’s deputy has been identified as Jesse Wayde Powell, a 43-year-old Springfield resident with a long history of violent crime.
Thursday morning, detectives with the Deschutes County Major Incident Team were gathering and tagging evidence around the scene of the shooting, a campsite off Forest Road 4610, about a half-mile from S. Century Drive.
District Attorney John Hummel said he’s looking at possible charges for the two deputies on scene during the incident, which is standard procedure, he said.
“Whenever someone shoots another person in Deschutes County, I do a full investigation to determine if that was justified,” he said.
At 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, a woman walking her dog on Road 4610 called 911 to report hearing a man and woman arguing followed by gunshots.
The first deputy on scene, Randy Zilk, arrived at 6:37 p.m. Seven minutes later, he radioed that he had fired a single shot and hit Powell, Hummel said.
Zilk and the second deputy on scene, Liam Klatt, performed CPR on Powell until personnel with the Bend Fire Department arrived at 6:54 p.m.
Klatt arrived after Zilk close in time to the shooting, and it’s unclear if he saw or heard it, Hummel said.
Powell was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas County.
The Major Incident Team was preparing to return to the shooting scene Thursday afternoon to perform blood splatter analysis.
Powell’s campsite included numerous items believed to have been stolen, including a U-Haul, a camper trailer, another trailer, a motorcycle and numerous items inside the trailers, Hummel said.
Powell was seated in the passenger side of the U-Haul when the shooting occurred. Only one bullet was fired.
Hummel said his office isn’t releasing other details about the incident, including whether or not Powell was armed at the time he was shot.
He was camping at the site with the woman thought to be his romantic partner, but it’s not known how many days they’d been there, Hummel said.
The woman had left by the time deputies arrived, Hummel said. She’s since been located and is “fully cooperative” with the investigation.
There were no witnesses to the shooting in a large area around the campsite, Hummel said.
Zilk and Klatt have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Zilk has been with the sheriff’s office since 2005, and Klatt since 2001.
Camping is permitted off Forest Road 4610 as long as the person leaves within 14 days, according to Forest Service spokeswoman Kassidy Kern.
Bend Police are leading the investigation. On scene, Bend Police Lt. Jason Maniscalco said the shooting investigation is being rolled into the investigation of the stolen property.
“A lot of that stuff down there doesn’t belong to the deceased, so we’re trying to get it back to their rightful owners,” he said.
Powell had an extensive state and federal criminal record, including four felony convictions, and spent 11 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm — a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun — in 2004. He had the words “DIE PIGS” tattooed on the front of his neck.
He was arrested by Springfield Police in October in a bomb scare outside a debt collection call center in Springfield.
He had taped two road flares to a digital recorder to look like an explosive, according to The Register-Guard newspaper. He served 45 days for that crime in Springfield Municipal Jail.
On Aug. 30, 2016, Powell posted a photo to his Facebook page of him standing in front of a newly purchased vehicle.
“So I’ve been doing the legal thing for the first time in my life. Working the honest way,” he wrote. “And now I just got my very first car bought with hard-earned money. Feels good. And I have no worries.”
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