Bulletin Staff Report

A suspicious package located near the Deschutes County Courthouse has been deemed safe after Oregon State Police used a water cannon to neutralize it Monday, hours after a bomb threat was phoned in.

Oregon State Police arrived at the courthouse around 11 a.m. to investigate the package located near the entrance of the courthouse, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

An Oregon State Police bomb sniffing police dog conducted a sweep of the area in search of other packages but didn’t find any, according to the sheriff’s office. The early morning caller reported two explosives, but only one suspicious package was found.

Investigators believe the package was a hoax and contained no explosive material, said Sgt. William Bailey of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is seeking a person of interest in connection with this morning’s bomb threat. The sheriff’s office posted a photo and video of the person of interest on Twitter late Monday morning.

Parts of Bond and Harriman streets and Greenwood and Lafayette avenues near the courthouse in downtown Bend were closed for hours Monday. The district attorney’s office and courthouse were also closed,

For all court matters that were canceled Monday, contact the court.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call county dispatch at 541-693-6911.

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