BEND, OR -- Bend Police converged on Sawyer Park, Monday night, when more than 10 people reported hearing gunshots. When officers arrived just after 8 p.m., they heard more gunfire; they estimate 15-20 shots were fired, in total.
After securing the area, they used a drone to locate the suspect as he walked from the footbridge towards O.B. Riley Road. Officers arrested 43-year-old transient Anthony Paxton without incident, who they say had a 9mm handgun, two magazines and additional rounds of ammo, along with two illegal knives.
He told police he was shooting empty beer cans. A second drone was deployed to search for potential victims or other suspects but none were found.
Anyone whose home or car was hit by bullets should contact Bend PD. Paxton is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon - Switchblade and Balisong Knives, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Weapon - Firearm.