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News Release from Bend Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 13th, 2021 5:19 PM

Incident: Arrest of wanted suspect regarding weapon possession

Case Number: 2021-00008186

Date and Time: Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 12:07pm

Location: 300 Block of NW Colorado

Suspect: Mackenzie Benton Now             36 year old male                  Bend resident


On February 13, 2021 at 12:07pm, Officers with the Bend Police Department received information that a suspect in several recent cases involving a firearm was currently located inside a residence in the 300 block of NW Colorado.

Mackenzie Benton Now is suspected to have been previously in possession of a stolen handgun. The firearm was located on Thursday February 11th, alongside over 26 grams of suspected heroin.

The information received by officers on Saturday led them to the residence on NW Colorado. The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team was activated due to the nature of the investigation and the presence of firearms.

Crisis Negotiator Team members were able to make contact with Mackenzie Now and he agreed to come out of the residence. At 3:17pm Mackenzie Now taken into custody, outside of the residence, without incident. At the time of this release, the investigation is still ongoing.

Mackenzie Now will be transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail, where he will be charged with Theft I, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Burglary I, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin and Delivery of a Controlled Substance- Heroin.

Along with CERT, several law enforcement personnel with the Bend Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office assisted with taking Mackenzie Now into custody safely.

Due to the location for the residence and the proximity to NW Colorado, the roadway was closed from NW Sisemore to NW Lava. The closure caused some traffic disruption around the area. The closure was in effect for over three hours.

The incident also caused some disruption to the nearby businesses, specifically Market of Choice. This business is directly across from the location where Mackenzie Now was located.

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