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Accidental Shooting Leads to Death - 01/10/17

Deceased: Overby, James Glenn 66 year old male of La Pine, Oregon

On 01/10/2017 at approximately 0347 Deschutes County Sheriff Deputies and La Pine Fire Department were dispatched to a residence located in the 15000 block of Greenwood Drive, La Pine for a gunshot wound. On arrival Overby was located and had an apparent accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lifesaving efforts were attempted by La Pine Fire Department but were not successful and Overby passed away at the scene. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives later arrived to assist in the investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was also assisted in this investigation by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office and the Deschutes County Medical Examiners Office.

The investigation is continuing at this time. Further information will be released by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division as it becomes available. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to contact this agency at 541-693-6911 if they have any information that pertains to this incident.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search And Rescue Is Seeking Additional Volunteers - 01/04/17

Date: 01/04/17
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications from members of our community who are interested in becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (DCSO SAR) is one of the busiest search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2016, DCSO SAR completed over 400 missions and trainings. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and if selected, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. This year's academy will begin on April 3rd, with Volunteers graduating on May 11th. Generally, training occurs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9pm, which consist of classroom exercises and is followed up with a day of training on Saturday for outdoor practical exercises.

Academy attendees will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid/CPR and how DCSO SAR operates. Included in the academy, is a "pack test", which consists of a five mile hike (2 1/2 miles uphill and 2 1/2 miles downhill) carrying a 25 lb. back pack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes. Each academy attendee will be assigned a mentor to assist with the successful completion of the academy.

Applications can be found online at and must be submitted by January 27th, 2017 at 5 PM.

Once applications are reviewed, applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted and required to attend an informational session. Applicants will also be required to attend an oral board interview. A background investigation will be completed for all applicants who are selected after the oral board interview. Some qualities necessary include the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player. There is a $100 entry fee for those selected, which covers initial Search and Rescue Volunteer clothing issued upon graduation from the academy.

Additional questions can be answered by telephoning the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit at 541-388-6501, as well as going online to and

COLES/CODE Announces New Auditor - 01/04/17

Released by: Beth Raguine, Business Manager, 541-388-6655

January 4, 2017

Central Oregon Law Enforcement Services (COLES) announces John Barnett, CPA as its auditor effective immediately.

The appointment of John Barnett, CPA succeeds Stuart Katter, the long-term auditor, who declined to continue their services after former Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Captain Scott Beard pled two counts of Theft, and two counts of Money Laundering. Beard was the former administrator of COLES/CODE.

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson stated, "I look forward to working with John Barnett as he oversees the audit for COLES/CODE. Barnett has requested an extension from the State as he inspects the assets as his schedule does not allow having the work completed by the deadline."

COLES/CODE was created to establish an interagency drug enforcement team with the goal of providing a well-coordinated, area-wide narcotics enforcement program in Central Oregon.

Sheriff's Office Receives Statewide Awards - 01/04/17

Contact: Captain Paul Garrison - 541-388-6655

Bend, Oregon -- January 4, 2017 -- Deschutes County Sheriff's Office personnel were awarded a Lifesaving Award, Search and Rescue Council "Volunteer of the Year" and Civil Command Council "Deputy of the Year" from the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association annual awards ceremony held at the Riverhouse.

Lifesaving Award - Deputy Caitlin Doshier

On August 9, 2016, Deputy Doshier was waterskiing with family friends at Lake Shasta, CA. While waterskiing, Doshier's friend lost his balance and fell while crossing the boat's wake. He was paralyzed as a result of the fall and could not lift his head out of the water while he floated in his life jacket.

Doshier immediately recognized the situation as life threatening, and dove from the back of the boat to render assistance. She retrieved him and swam him back to the boat. Once on board, Doshier discovered he was not breathing on his own and immediately began CPR. After several minutes of CPR, he began breathing again without assistance. Doshier and others continued to monitor and provide aid until the Shasta County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to transport him to the hospital.

Doshier acted selflessly and valiantly in saving her friends life.

Search and Rescue Council "Volunteer of the Year" -- Matt Trager

Matt Trager is our Mountain Rescue team coordinator and one of our Rescue Leaders as well as being on 7 other teams. As of 10/12/2016, he has been involved in 20 mission and 52 trainings accounting to 370 hours.

This year in particular Matt has consistently demonstrated exceptional effort in successfully accomplishing his Search and Rescue responsibilities. One of the key missions this year was a dramatic night rescue of a stranded climber who had repelled off the wrong side of Monkey Face (Smith Rock State Park) on a 150' rope who was then stranded, free hanging 300' from the ground. This caused his climbing partner to be stranded on the top of Monkey Face 450' from the ground. Prior to this mission, Matt had just completed leading a day's long MRU training and did not hesitate rising to the challenge of being the rescue leader of the team. Matt immediately demonstrated a positive and affirming "we can do this attitude." Matt led and coordinated a team of 11 MRU members, 4 of which, including himself, made the 2 hour long climb to the top of Monkey Face, before the rescue could even begin. Matt's advanced climbing and rigging skills paid huge dividends in the success of this rescue. Matt's positive style of competent and credible leadership fostered an attitude of confidence amongst his fellow team members in performing a complex and unique rescue.

Having an immense amount of trust and responsibility in our mountain rescue team coordinator is paramount. Matt has proven himself to be consistently reliable in demonstrating and maintaining his physical skills and abilities, maintaining and expanding his mountain rescue knowledge base while consistently fostering a positive training and mission environment.

The Monkey Face rescue exemplifies how Matt has distinguished himself as a viable candidate for the volunteer of the year award.

Civil Command Council "Deputy of the Year" -- Civil Deputy Alan Muise

Civil Deputy Alan Muise is a retired deputy and works part-time in the Civil Unit to serve papers and civil process. Deputy Muise has worked for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office for thirty-two years with the last ten years in the Civil Unit. Deputy Muise was recognized for his dedication to service and high productivity.

Class Prepares Volunteers to Mentor Children - 01/03/17

Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.

After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, January 14, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email Additional program information is available at the Sheriff's Office web site at

DCSO K9 Brolo Trees Wanted Subject out of La Pine (Photo) - 12/30/16

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 30, 2016, approximately 2:10 PM

Location: 16000 Block of Green Forest Rd., La Pine

Arrested: Robert Edmondson III 32 year old out of La Pine


On December 30, 2016, at approximately 2:10 PM, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office spotted Robert Edmondson at a residence in the 16000 block of Green Forest Rd. in La Pine. Edmondson had a felony warrant for his arrest out of the Oregon State Parole Board for Parole Violation. In addition, the Edmondson was recently indicted by a Deschutes County Grand Jury for Burglary I x 2 and Burglary II x 2.

The deputy attempted to contact Edmondson, but he ran from the property on foot. Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area and set up a perimeter.

Deputies tracked Edmondson in the snow for over a mile through forested terrain, until he exited onto the east end of Buena Vista Drive.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Slater and his K9 partner Brolo responded to the area to assist in tracking Edmondson. Deputy Slater and K9 Brolo tracked Edmondson for approximately 500 yards, ultimately finding Edmondson hiding approximately 30 feet up a tree.

Edmondson was given verbal commands to climb down out of the tree, which he complied. He was taken into custody without further incident.

K9 Brolo is a four year old Belgian Malinois. He has been with the agency since September 2015.

Sisters Stabbing leads to one arrest - 12/30/16

Arrested: Kanzig, Peter, 28 years old of Sisters

Victim: Benhower, Kyle, 29 years old of Sisters

Charges: Attempted Murder
Assault in the First Degree
Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Release prepared by: Sergeant Don Manning

On 122916 at approximately 3:51 pm officers from the Bend Police Department responded to St Charles Medical Center (SCMC) in Bend for a report of a victim of a stabbing in the emergency room. It was determined that this incident occurred within the city limits of Sisters.

Deschutes County Patrol Deputies and Detectives responded to the hospital and to the original scene in Sisters and conducted an investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the residence, located in the 500 block of S. Pine St in Sisters. The investigation revealed that Mr. Kanzig stabbed Mr. Benhower multiple times causing serious injuries that were treated by SCMC staff. Mr. Benhower is currently in stable condition at SCMC.

As a result of this investigation and evidence that was obtained Mr. Kangzig was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Mr. Kanzig's total bail is set at $360,000 dollars.

The investigation is continuing at this time. Further information will be released by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division as it becomes available. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to contact this agency at 541-693-6911 if they have any information that pertains to this incident.

**Updated Release 12/22/16 at 5:50 p.m. ** Shooting investigation underway on Mountain Sheep Lane, Bend, Oregon - 12/22/16

Location: 16170 Mountain Sheep Lane, Bend, Oregon

Date and Time of incident: 12/21/16 at 11:05 a.m.

Release by: Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

*****************Updated Press Release 12/22/16 at 5:50 p.m.*****************

Deceased subject #1 Ford, Jeffrey Randle Age: 56
16170 Mountain Sheep Lane Bend, Or

Deceased subject #2 Schopper, Brandi Age: 19
16170 Mountain Sheep Lane Bend, Or

Injured Subject: Ford, Jeffrey Thunder Age: 20
16170 Mountain Sheep Lane Bend, Or

Updated Narrative:

On 12/22/16, Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office continued the shooting investigation that occurred on 12/21/16 at this location. The investigation at this point has determined that a dispute occurred on 12/21/16 at 11:05 a.m. involving Jeffrey Randle Ford and his son, Jeffrey Thunder Ford and Jeffrey Thunder Ford's girlfriend, Brandi Schopper.

During the dispute, Jeffrey Thunder Ford called 911 to report that his father, Jeffrey Randle Ford, had pointed a gun at him. During the phone call to 911, Jeffrey Randle Ford, shot Jeffrey Thunder Ford one time in the chest. Jeffrey Thunder Ford's girlfriend, Brandi Schopper, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene. Both Jeffrey Thunder Ford and Brandi Schopper were shot with a 9mm handgun.

Jeffrey Thunder Ford then fled the residence on foot and was assisted by a neighbor, who heard the dispute and came to his aid. Deputies arrived a short time later and removed Jeffrey Thunder Ford from the area. Jeffrey Thunder Ford was then transported by La Pine Fire Medics from the area to a waiting AirLink helicopter. Jeffrey Thunder Ford was transported to St. Charles-Bend, where he underwent surgery and remains in the hospital.

After Jeffrey Thunder Ford was removed from the area, members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team (SOT) entered the residence and located Jeffrey Randle Ford and Brandi Schopper deceased inside. The investigation determined after Jeffrey Randle Ford shot Schopper and Jeffrey Thunder Ford, he shot himself. The next of kin for Jeffrey Randle Ford and Brandi Schopper have been notified.

Jeffrey Thunder Ford is expected to survive his injury and he is not considered a suspect in this case at this time.

The investigation will continue in the coming weeks and further information will be released in follow-up media releases as needed by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division.



On 12/21/16 at 11:05 a.m., Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported domestic dispute that involved a gunshot being fired. One subject from the residence received a gunshot wound and was transported to St. Charles-Bend by AirLink, with life threatening injuries. There are two deceased adults inside the residence.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office are actively conducting an investigation at the residence, in conjunction with the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office. The scene investigation is expected to take several hours to complete. There is no danger to the public and investigators believe all parties in this case are accounted for.

Further information will be released in a follow-up media release.

Mays Settlement - 12/22/16

Released by: Darryl Nakahira
Legal Counsel

December 22, 2016

Statement from Sheriff Nelson:

I understand the reasons for settling the lawsuit and recognize the uncertainty of a jury trial. This settlement achieves certainty for Deschutes County, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and the deputies who were involved in the lawsuit. As I have previously noted, the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation found that the deputies performed their duties under their legal obligations to Mr. Mays and this settlement is not an admission of responsibility for the methamphetamine overdose by Mr. Mays. A link to the DOJ report is below. The unprofessional conduct by some of the deputies on December 14, 2014 was dealt with by the Sheriff's Office in disciplinary actions in April of 2015.

My condolences go to the Mays family for the death of their loved one. His overdose death is a reminder of the continuing threat of methamphetamine addiction in our community.

The Sheriff's Office has taken the following steps since December 2014.

* We have added full-time nurses for 24 hour/7 days a week staffing in the jail.
* We have entered into an ongoing contract with a local ER physician, who has reviewed Sheriff's Office policies and procedures for nursing staff and deputies in both the corrections and patrol divisions. We have updated our policies and procedures and continue to consult with the physician regarding on-going medical questions.
* We have purchased AliveLock Monitoring wristbands for use in the jail, which monitor heart rate and O2 saturation for inmates who need close medical attention.
* We have added naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdoses, to kits for corrections and patrol deputies, recognizing the increasing use of opioid abuse in Central Oregon.
* We have added additional automated external defibrillators to the jail and have upgraded the emergency bags in jail.
* We added a medical/mental health section of the jail during the expansion, to increase the capacity and improve the monitoring of at risk inmates.

As Sheriff, my job is to provide Deschutes County the best public safety services we can.

We will continue to improve and adjust our Sheriff's Office in striving to achieve this goal. I am proud of the Sheriff's Office employees who have worked hard implementing the changes listed above.

Every day, our Sheriff's Office teammates in the community face challenging situations requiring decisions with serious outcomes and I support them as they perform their sworn duties to proudly serve the citizens of Deschutes.

Update on Search for Lester Hyder - 12/22/16

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager


Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue continued the search for Lester Hyder Wednesday, December 21st. We were assisted by search and rescue teams from Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (Camp Sherman Hasty Team), and Pacific Northwest SAR.

Over 60 searchers were deployed in the field on Wednesday and searched throughout the day. Mr. Hyder was not located.

Since the inception of this search, we have deployed a variety of search resources for a total of over 1200 searcher hours. The initial search area included much of the State of Oregon until narrowed down by the location of Mr. Hyder's vehicle on Saturday, December 17th. Resources included:

* Aircraft (AirLink Helicopter, Oregon National Guard Blackhawk, and Oregon State Police fixed-wing)
* 4x4 Vehicles
* ATVs
* Ground Searchers
* Canine Teams
* Trackers
* Horse Teams
* United State Forest Service Law Enforcement
* Oregon State Police Troopers
* Overhead personnel (Incident Management Team)

After consultation with the Hyder family, the Sheriff's Office is scaling back search efforts. This case remains an open missing person investigation and future searches will occur as ground and weather conditions warrant. Our thoughts are with Mr. Hyder's family through this very difficult time.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone who has information regarding this case to contact us through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

2016 Shop with a Cop - 12/21/16

Released by: Captain Paul Garrison
December 21, 2016

Shop with a Cop is a joint venture between local law enforcement agencies throughout Deschutes County, local Walmart stores, and McDonalds. Its primary focus is to help make the holidays a little brighter for less-fortunate families, and provide an opportunity for children to engage in positive police interaction.

Shop with a Cop completed its 16th year collecting items and assisting children and families throughout the year with basic needs during emergencies. "I am proud to say this program has stayed true to the ideals since founded in 2000: To provide less fortunate students with a one-on-one experience with uniformed law enforcement while shopping for holiday presents for themselves and family members. In addition, this program assists children and families throughout the year with basic needs during emergencies", stated Sheriff L. Shane Nelson. This program helps to establish positive law enforcement interaction with the children and their families.

Each year the children surprise us. We see many shoppers pass by the toy aisle and go directly to the clothing section of Walmart. They say they need warm clothes and shoes for themselves and their siblings. However, nothing can prepare a deputy for the realization of what he or she may encounter when escorting their student shopper home. Last year, one deputy was puzzled by his student's shopping list containing mostly disposable items and blankets. When the deputy took the boy "home" he came to realize the depth of this child's need. The boy and his family lived in the Bend Walmart parking lot in their car. With temperatures below freezing, this 10 year old boy said he and his family struggle to stay warm at night.

This year the team shopped with over 123 students. Their shopping lists included 558 family members. The compassion and generosity of our citizen's really do make a difference in the lives of children in Deschutes County. 100% of the donations are applied to the local program. This year the students shopped on December 13th at the Redmond Walmart store and on December 14th and 15th at the Bend Walmart store.

We thank all the citizens who donated to this cherished annual event and the members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, U.S. Forest Service-Law Enforcement Division, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Prineville Police Department, Bureau of Land Management-Law Enforcement Divison and Crook County Sheriff's Office who took the children shopping and delivered them and their presents to their home.