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News Release
Suspect Arrested in incident at Takoda's Restaurant in Sisters - 02/03/23

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis 

Release Date: February 3, 2023


Location: 425 W. Hwy 20, Sisters, OR  


Arrested: Christopher Seekell  ( 27 year old male)


Charges:  Disorderly Conduct in the 2nd degree (one count)

                 Harassment (one count)

                 Attempted Unlawful Entry to a Motor Vehicle (one count)




On 1/31/2023 at 6:36 p.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Takoda’s Restaurant in Sisters regarding an intoxicated male who had entered the restaurant.  The male, who was later identified as Christopher Seekell, was refusing to leave and being aggressive with the staff.  At one point, Seekell made a non-specific threat about doing a school shooting.  Seekell did not specify any school in this statement.  Seekell also threatened to return and shoot up Takoda’s. 


When staff asked Seekell to leave, he pushed a staff member and appeared he was going to assault the staff member.  Seekell eventually left the restaurant and the staff locked all of their doors to deny Seekell re-entry.  Seekell then went into the parking lot, which is shared with Bi-mart, and attempted to enter random vehicles.   Deputies arrived on scene and placed Seekell in custody without incident.  Seekell was lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office jail on the above listed charges. 


Following this incident, the Sheriff’s Office presented this case to the Deschutes County Threat Assessment team, who performed a threat assessment. 



The Deschutes County Threat Assessment Team, also referred to as TAT, is a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to the prevention of targeted acts of violence by adult members of the community. Through the cooperative sharing of information, resources and the knowledge gained through training with leading experts in the field of threat assessment, the team endeavors to identify, assess, and manage situations where the risk of violence is anticipated or imminent in order to enhance the safety of the community.


The Deschutes County Threat Assessment team meets weekly to review cases and individuals who are referred to the team. The team consists of members from Central Oregon law enforcement agencies, the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Deschutes County Parole and Probation, Deschutes County Behavioral Health, Bend-La Pine School District and High Desert ESD. 


Seekell remains in custody, pending a future court date. Based on the investigation, it appears Seekell was under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances at the time of incident. 


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, Street Crimes, 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 the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


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