BEND, OR -- Authorities have released the identity of the suspected shooter involved in a Wednesday homicide, north of Bend. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Joanna Kasner faces one count of Murder. She’s accused of shooting 58-year-old Valerie Peterson in the Boonesborough neighborhood. Peterson died outside a home on McGrath Road, which is owned by Kasner, according to county property records.
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Kasner has not been booked into the jail, and as of Thursday night remained in police custody at St. Charles Bend, although authorities have not commented on what she is being treated for. Sheriff Shane Nelson confirms to KBND News Bend Fire was called to the same house the day before the shooting. But, he refused to comment on the nature of the call, citing the ongoing investigation. In a Facebook post dated Monday, Kasner complains of mistreatment by law enforcement and says she hasn't eaten or slept in the last month, and is suffering from PTSD.
Investigators have not released a possible motive, nor whether the two women knew each other prior to Wednesday morning.