The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting involving a sheriff’s deputy west of Bend on Wednesday night.
The incident began around 6 p.m. on Wednesday night at a campsite on Forest Road 4610, off Century Drive, when a woman walking her dog overheard an argument between a man and a woman and then heard gunshots. According to District Attorney John Hummel, the woman called 911 and with in 14 minutes, Deschutes County Deputy Randy Zilke was at the scene and was confronted by 44-year-old Springfield resident Jesse Wade Powell. Powell, an ex-convict that had been recently released from a 13-year sentence, was found with a stolen U-Haul and two trailers filled with stolen items.
During the confrontation Deputy Zilke fired his gun once, killing Powell. Shortly after a second deputy, Liam Klatt, arrived on the scene. So far investigators have not said if Powell had a weapon or fired at Zilke.
The woman who had been heard arguing with Powell had fled the scene by the time Zilke arrived. However, investigators have located her and Hummel said she is cooperating with the investigation.
Deputies Zilke and Klatt have been placed on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation, which is standard Oregon protocol for any shooting involving law enforcement officers. Both Zilke and Klatt are Marine Corps veterans. Zilke has been with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and Klatt since 2001. Neither deputy was injured in the incident.
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Central Oregon Daily’s looks at the details of a funding rejection by the federal government.
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ABC Entertainment Chief Cites Roseanne Barr’s Controversial Tweets
ABC has abruptly canceled the network’s hit comedy series, “Roseanne”, after a series of tweets by the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, created a social media firestorm on Tuesday.
Barr called former President Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett, an offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes”.
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On Tuesday morning, ABC’s Entertainment chief, Channing Dungey, released a statement saying, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our value, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
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The show had already been picked up for another season and was featured in the network’s upfront presentations for advertisers earlier this month.
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