A Bend Police Officer was involved in a deadly shooting late Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. that left a 36-year-old male dead. This is the second deadly shooting in less than two year involving Bend Police Officers and the second deadly shooting in less than two weeks in Deschutes County.
In December 2016, 911 received reports of an erratic driver and when officers pulled over 31-year-old Michael Jacques they said he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and was unresponsive to questions.
After officers tased Jacques twice, his van started to move forward and officer Scott Schaier fired five shots.
The unarmed Jacques was killed.
The Oregon Department of Justice cleared the two officers involved of any wrongdoing, but the City of Bend did pay an $800,000 settlement to the Jacques family.
Tuesday nights incident began at 11:34 p.m. when Bend police officer Timothy Williams pulled over 36-year-old Bend resident Timothy Bret Bontrager for failing to use his turn signal near the intersection of Highway 97 and Cooley Road.
Bontrager pulled into the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store parking lot.
When Officer Williams approached the driver’s side of the vehicle to ask for Bontrager’s license and registration, he suspected Bontrager was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney John Hummel said that the preliminary evidence suggest that Bontrager took his own life. Williams also fired shots into Bontrager’s truck but it is unclear in what order those two events took place, according to Hummel.
Bend Fire and Rescue declared Bontrager dead on the scene but the examination did note that Bontrager was found holding a handgun.
Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said that officer Williams and officer Kevin Uballez, who was also on the scene Tuesday, have been placed on administrative leave as part of standard protocol until the investigation is complete.
An autopsy is expected to be performed Thursday morning at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office