Deschutes County authorities identified the man shot twice by a sheriff’s deputy in north Bend Friday as Brandon Berrett, 33, but would not say exactly what prompted the deputy to fire his weapon.
Berrett was only described as driving his car away from the deputy, who fired into the car, according to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, who released information Saturday afternoon. Hummel did not say if Berrett was armed or if he had behaved in a threatening manner.
Hummel also identified the deputy who shot Berrett as Chris Jones, who joined the sheriff’s office in 2007 and serves as a training instructor.
About 10:45 a.m. Friday, Jones, along with two other deputies and two recruits in training, planned to arrest Berrett at his father’s home on the Fun Farm property on the east side of U.S. Highway 97, halfway between Bend and Redmond.
“When the deputies made contact with Berrett at his father’s home, Barrett jumped in his car and accelerated quickly away,” according to a press release issued by Hummel. “Deputy Jones fired into the car, striking Berrett twice. Berrett’s car came to a stop, medical aid was rendered, and he was transported to St. Charles hospital. Berrett’s wounds appear to be non life-threatening, and he is expected to live.”
Hummel said he expects the investigation to be completed soon and he will release his legal conclusion at that time.
“A law enforcement officer’s decision whether to discharge a weapon is the most serious and consequential decision they have to make,” Hummel said in his news release. “When they decide to shoot, the public rightfully asks why and whether the decision was appropriate and legal. My job is to answer these questions, and I will.”
All five deputies were put on leave pending an investigation into the decision to use deadly force, which is sheriff’s office policy.
Known for years as the “Funny Farm,” the Fun Farm is an offbeat roadside attraction featuring an antique thrift shop, costume museum and an extensive tribute to the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Operator Eugene Carsey also rents space on the property for trailers.
The shooting victim’s father was among the trailer park residents.