BEND, OR -- 44-year-old Jesse Wade Powell of Springfield was shot dead by Deschutes County Deputy Randy Zilk Tuesday night at his campsite on Forest Road 46-10 off Century Drive. Zilk is a 13-year-veteran of the police force, and he has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, along with Liam Klatt, another deputy who was on-scene at the time of the shooting.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says a hiker brought the deputies to the site. "She heard female and male voices arguing, and then she heard shots fired. She called 911."
A U-Haul, a trailer, a motorcycle, and a camper found at Powell's camp in the Deschutes National Forest were all reported stolen from residents in Deschutes County. Powell was apparently standing near the camper when he was shot once by Zilk. Hummel says there is no word, at this time, as to whether Powell had a weapon. "Details about that are still to be determined. I'm not prepared to say, with certainty."
Though he had just shot Powell, Hummel says Zilk attempted to save him. "Zilk immediately commenced life-saving efforts, CPR in particular. Bend Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and they took over life-saving efforts. Powell was declared deceased on the scene."
Powell, who had a rap sheet which included crimes ranging from burglary to theft to rape to criminal mischief, was arrested by Springfield Police last year after he allegedly placed a hoax explosive device outside a building, causing a bomb scare, and a mass evacuation.