Bend man arrested after pistol-whipping brother

A Bend man was arrested Saturday night after officials say he pistol-whipped his brother during an argument.

According to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, Deschutes County 911 received a call about a dispute on the 19000 block of Buck Canyon Rd. around 7:15.

The caller told 911 that a dispute between brothers turned violent and one man was injured after being “pistol-whipped.”

Vander Kamp said deputies arrived and found 27-year-old, Joshua Adam Fadness, standing in front of the house with non-life threatening injuries. Fadness was cooperative and taken into custody without incident, Vander Kamp said.

The initial investigation found that Joshua and his brother, Jacob Fadness, began arguing in front of the main house. Both men live together in separate dwellings on the property.

Vander Kamp said the argument became physical and both men fell to the ground where they continued to wrestle. During the struggle, Joshua Fadness pulled a large caliber pistol from his waistband and began striking Jacob in the face and head with the pistol, Vander Kamp said.

Jacob was unarmed and sustained substantial non-life threatening injuries.

Other family members and dinner guests attempted to stop the fight before noticing Joshua was armed with a pistol. The family members also struggled with Joshua while attempting to disarm him and secure the firearm, Vander Kamp said. The family members also received minor non-life threatening injuries during the struggle.  The pistol never discharged during the incident.

Both men received treatment for their respective injuries at St. Charles in Bend.

Alcohol and poor judgment appear to be factors in this incident, Vander Kamp said.

Joshua Fadness was later released from the hospital and taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering.


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