Authorities continue to investigate a traffic stop Friday evening that ended with a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy shooting a man near the Cascade Village Shopping Center northeast of Bend.
The man who was shot is expected to survive. The deputy was not injured. The names of each have not been released by authorities.
The shooting occurred at 6:08 p.m. in the area of Robal Road and Hunnell Road, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. William Bailey said.
Black Friday shoppers witnessed the incident from the parking lot of PetSmart and Bed Bath & Beyond. Witnesses said they could hear at least four gunshots.
Yellow police tape blocked the scene Friday night as the Tri-County Major Incident Team, comprised of area law enforcement, began an investigation.
The man shot was transported to St. Charles Bend.
His condition was not released, but Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he is expected to survive.
The deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation. His level of experience has not been released by the sheriff’s office.
The incident started when officers received a report of a car stolen from the Shepherd’s House Ministries, a Bend homeless shelter on Division Street, Hummel said.
Officers quickly found the stolen vehicle traveling north on Highway 20. The driver did not stop and began eluding officers, Hummel said. Officers eventually stopped the stolen vehicle using a pursuit maneuver on Robal Road.
“After that stop is when the shooting occurred,” Hummel said.
Hummel would not say if the man was shot inside the vehicle or outside of it.
He is also determining if another officer fired a gun during the incident.
“There were multiple shots fired,” Hummel said.
“It could have been multiple shots from one deputy or shots from multiple deputies. I don’t know.”
Bend Police detectives are leading the investigation on the Tri-County Major Incident Team. The team is collecting evidence from the scene and requesting surveillance footage from the nearby retail stores, Hummel said.
No other details about what triggered the shooting were released by Hummel or the sheriff’s office.
“I’ve released what I’ve been authorized to at this point,” Bailey said.