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Subject Arrested After Report of Dispute (Photo) - 08/17/22

RELEASED BY: Sergeant Jayson Janes

DATE: August 17, 2022

ARRESTED: Charles Smith Harris Jr, 52 year old male, Bend OR

CHARGES: Coercion, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Criminal Mischief II, and Resisting Arrest

VICTIM: 43 year old female, Bend OR

LOCATION: Juniper Ridge area east of Hwy 97

 

On August 16, 2022 at approximately 1:11 PM Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the Juniper Ridge area for a reported dispute. The information given to deputies was that Charles Harris Jr was currently outside of the victim’s trailer threatening her with a chain and causing damage to her trailer. 

Deputies arrived on scene and began the investigation. They determined that Harris was likely in possession of weapons and was currently in his camp trailer. Deputies attempted to negotiate with Harris to get him to exit his trailer without success. Harris told deputies he would not allow them to take him into custody and refused to leave his trailer. 

A search warrant was written and later granted to enter and search Harris’ trailer. Due to Harris’ refusal to cooperate and the likelihood of weapons, members of the DCSO SWAT team responded to assist with taking Harris into custody. 

Deputies negotiated with Harris for over three hours without success. Harris at one point exited the trailer, but refused to follow commands from law enforcement. After multiple announcements about the possibility of force being used against Harris if he didn’t comply, Harris continued refusing to obey commands from law enforcement. Less lethal methods were ultimately utilized and K9 Ronin was deployed to assist in taking Harris into custody.  

Harris was transported to St. Charles Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries sustained during the incident. Upon his release from St. Charles, Harris will be lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail for the above mentioned charges. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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