TUMALO, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney has released some details of Friday's deputy-involved shooting, north of Bend, which sent a suspect to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
D.A. John Hummel says Three deputies and two recruits in training arrived at the property at about 10:45 a.m., "Deschutes County Deputies went to the Funny Farm, located between Bend and Redmond. They were there to serve a warrant on a suspect; they had a felony arrest warrant for a parole violation." That suspect, 33-year-old Brandon Berrett was reportedly staying with his father. Hummel says when deputies contacted Berrett, he tried to flee, "He hopped in his car and attempted to flee. An officer fired his service revolver, and struck the suspect twice. The suspect was immediately rushed to St. Charles Hospital." Deputy Chris Jones was later identified as the deputy who shot Berrett. He has 17 years of law enforcement experience and has worked for DCSO since 2007. Hummel says Dep. Jones is a trained instructor of defensive tactics, use of a taser and use of force.
A Bend Police forensic drone was deployed during the ongoing investigation, "We're fortunate that the surface area where this happened was dirt, but it was soft dirt, so there's lots of footprints," Hummel tells KBND News, "That helps the forensic team determine where everyone was standing at the relevant time. So we've taken the shoes from everyone who was there, every witness, every deputy, and then we can compare those to the marks on the ground; so that's going to be very helpful." He adds, "Numerous people were there and either saw or heard something, so I'm confident that we'll be able to figure out exactly what the facts were. And then at that point, once I know the facts, I'll conduct a legal analysis and make a decision."
The Tri-County Major Incident Team is conducting the investigation, led by State Police and in cooperation with the D.A.'s office.