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News Release
La Pine Male Arrested for Weapons Offense - 04/17/24

Release by:  Sergeant Kyle Kalmbach

Release Date: 04/17/2024

Location:  50700 Block of Fawn Dr. La Pine

Arrested:  Albert Mendenhall, 79-year-old male, La Pine, OR


3 Counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon

3 Counts of Menacing

3 Counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another


On April 16, 2024 at approximately 8:31 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 50700 block of S. Fawn Dr. in La Pine, Oregon regarding a domestic dispute involving a firearm.  It was reported that a male, later identified as Albert Mendenhall, was holding a gun and pointing it at other family members on scene.  Family members were able to safely exit the property and meet up with responding deputies. Deputies were able to make phone contact with Mr. Mendenhall who then agreed to surrender and turn himself over to deputies on scene.  Mr. Mendenhall was arrested without further incident.  During the incident, Deschutes County 911 sent a message via the emergency phone network informing residents in the nearby neighborhood to shelter in place due to an increase of law enforcement presence in the area.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Sunriver Police Department and the Oregon State Police for their assistance.

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 five 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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