BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney is releasing more details of a weekend shooting in a northeast Bend home that left two men dead. D.A John Hummel tells KBND News, "This is the worst event during my four years as District Attorney, and perhaps the worst thing that's ever happened in this community. Just horrific."
Hummel says Kyle Adams was woken up in the middle of the night by his neighbor, Tyler Herrick, who was standing in his bedroom speaking gibberish. Adams asked him to leave, then texted his roommate; Brennan Pebbles immediately came home from work. The two men were sitting in their living room at around 1:30 a.m. when Herrick returned. "Unbeknownst to them, [Herrick] went back to get his AR-15 rifle," says Hummel, "He walked back over, stood in their front yard, pointed his rifle through the living room window, and opened fire." Adams was struck and later died at the hospital.
After Adams was shot, Hummel says, Pebbles ran upstairs to hide. But Herrick followed, "He methodically hunted for Pebbles. He went on a room-by-room search hunting Pebbles. When he entered the master bedroom, Pebbles shot from the master bathroom and killed Herrick."
Hummel says there was no justification for Herrick's actions, "Adams and Pebbles were roommates. They lived next door to 31-year-old Tyler Herrick. They didn't know Herrick well, they just knew him as their neighbor. He was an acquaintance, really." But, he says the investigation continues, "We know what happened; we don't yet know the why, but we're going to keep working on it until we know the why." He adds, "We don't know if he was experiencing a mental health crisis. We don't know if it was psychosis from drugs. We don't know what may have caused him to think that he needed to do that, but it wasn't because of anything that Pebbles or Adams did." Hummel says, "They did nothing to deserve this. This was brought on them by a person who was sick in the head, and we don't know why."