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Man Investigated For Entering Bend Safeway With Replica Guns

BEND, OR -- Police responded to two unrelated reports of armed men in northeast Bend within a five-minute span, Monday night. 

Authorities say a man called dispatch at 10:01 p.m. to report he had a gun and wanted officers to kill him. St. Charles Bend and a nearby senior living facility went into lockdown and traffic was shut down in the area. He was taken into custody at about 10:35 p.m. near NE Watt Way and NE Forum Drive. Police say he was unarmed.

At 10:06 p.m., officers were called to a report of a heavily armed man in Safeway East, the grocery store in the Forum Shopping Center where two people were killed by a gunman less than a year ago. Authorities say the man did not threaten anyone and cooperated with an unarmed security guard who escorted him outside. Police say the rifle and other guns were replicas.

Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office assisted on both incidents, which BPD says were not connected. 


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