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Deschutes County deputy fatally shoots man at campsite

Authorities have identified both the deceased and the deputy.

Posted: Jun. 21, 2018 3:24 PM
Updated: Jun. 21, 2018 5:01 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the man shot by a Deschutes County Sheriff's deputy at a campsite in the Deschutes National Forest near Bend.

KTVZ reported Thursday that 44-year-old Jesse Wade Powell died after being shot by Deputy Randy Zilk.

The 13-year veteran of the sheriff's office fired one round at Powell after responding to a call from a hiker Wednesday evening who overheard a fight between a male and a female. The hiker also heard gunshots.

Officials would not say if any weapons were found the scene and did not offer any other details.

Authorities say a U-Haul, trailer, motorcycle and camper Powell had in the woods had been reported stolen in Deschutes County.

Zilk and another deputy who was at the scene are on paid leave pending an investigation.

The Bulletin reports this is the fourth time since August 2016 that law enforcement officers in Deschutes County have been involved in fatal encounters.

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