Bend PD: Transient arrested for attempted murder after parking lot shooting

A 43-year-old transient was arrested and charged with attempted murder Monday night after he shot a man sitting in a parked car, according to Bend Police.

Lt. Juli McConkey said officers responded to a shots fired call around 10:19 p.m. at the parking lot of Okawa Steakhouse in Bend. The caller, a 21-year-old Redmond man, said his friend, a 28-year-old from Bend, were sitting in his car when a man they didn’t know came up to them.

McConkey said the man, later identified as 43-year-old, Vicente Guerra, displayed a gun and shot at the 21-year-old, striking him while he was in the driver’s seat.  The two drove away from the area and called 911.  The victim suffered a non-life threatening injury and did not need to be taken to the hospital, McConkey said.

Guerra was last seen by the victims in the area of the Town Pump.  McConkey said several officers, a K9 and a drone looked for him for about two hours when he was eventually found near the canal in that same area, in a rock outcropping.

Police determined Vicente Guerra was staying in a nearby motel and he was under the influence of drugs when he was arrested, McConkey said.  Bend Fire & Rescue treated Guerra for exposure to the elements.

He was taken to the Deschutes County Jail where he was booked on several charges including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, menacing and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, he was arrested back in December 2019 on strangulation, assault, harassment, menacing and other charges. He is due in court to answer to those charges on February 11th.

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