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Bend Motel Standoff Ends Peacefully

BEND, OR -- Bend Police were able to bring a peaceful end to an armed standoff at a motel on the south end of town, Wednesday afternoon. Staff at the Super 8 Motel called 911 just before 2 p.m., saying a guest claimed to be armed. He allegedly called staff from his room and threatened to kill them.


Bend Police, along with the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT), responded and negotiated with the suspect for several hours. The motel was evacuated during the standoff, and no injuries were reported.


Police took 50-year-old Todd Pirochta into custody at about 5:15 p.m. The area was searched and no weapon was found. Pirochta, a non-Bend resident, is charged with Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, Interfering with a Police Officer and Telephonic Harassment. 
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