REDMOND, OR -- Multiple agencies rushed to the Redmond campus of Central Oregon Community College, Monday afternoon, after a 911 caller reported a man armed with a machete had entered COCC Building 2. The witness told dispatchers the man threatened people before going inside. Redmond Police, Deschutes County Deputies, State Police Troopers and Bend Police responded just before 4 p.m. The suspect was quickly taken into custody.
Investigators say 51-year-old Tait Morehouse, from the La Pine area, had a large metal object resembling a machete when he chased and threatened a person at the campus. Police believe he dropped it before entering the building and did not threaten anyone else while inside.
Morehouse is charged with Coercion, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.