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DA: Officer-Involved Shooting Likely Suicide

BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney says the man killed during a traffic stop two nights ago, appears to have taken his own life. Bend Police officers Timothy Williams and Kevin Uballez stopped 36-year-old Timothy Bontrager for not using his turn signal. D.A. John Hummel says, "Based on Officer Williams' interactions with Bontrager, Williams suspected Bontrager was impaired from alcohol or drugs, and he thus expanded his investigation to include the potential crime of driving while under the influence of intoxicants."


What happened after that is still under investigation, "Initial evidence suggests that while Bontrager was in the truck and being questioned by Williams, he took his life by suicide and he did so by shooting himself." He adds, "Initial evidence also indicates that Williams shot from outside the truck into the truck. the timing of the shots, the number of the shots, what bullets may have struck where, and when, that's an active part of the investigation. I won't be releasing that."


The Bend man was pronounced dead by Bend Fire medics, who reported he was holding a gun. Other than a misdemeanor marijuana arrest in Texas in 2000, Bontrager had no criminal record. Both police officers involved in the incident are now on paid administrative leave. An autopsy on Bontrager's body is scheduled for Thursday morning. 

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