CERT team called after Bend man shoots out neighbor’s bedroom window


The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team was called to a home in southwest Bend Thursday night to coax a man out of his home after police say he used a rifle and shot out the bedroom window of a home nearby.

Bend Police arrested 33-year-old Garrett Martin Smith on several charges, but not before a nearly three-hour standoff outside a home on SW Boardwalk.

Lt. Clint Burleigh said the incident started around 10:30 p.m. when someone in the 20000 block of Crystal Creek Court called 911 to say their master bedroom window had been shot out.

A couple had been sleeping inside the bedroom when the window was shot out, Burleigh said.

The responding officer found a bullet lodged in the wall inside the house and one bullet close to the broken window.

Burleigh said officers searched the area for evidence and noticed a man standing on an elevated porch with what appeared to be a rifle in his hands.

The man, who officers identified as Smith, was on the deck of a townhome on Boardwalk about 400 yards away.

Burleigh said as officers waited for backup they were able to watch Smith as he handled more than one weapon.

Based on the situation, the CERT team was activated around 11:30 p.m.

The team worked to resolve the situation, using a crisis negotiator who made several phone calls to Smith’s phone and used an external speaker to get his attention and deescalate the situation.

Around 2:15 a.m. CERT team members noticed Smith was moving around inside the house. Around 2:20 a.m., Smith came out of the house and he was arrested.

Burleigh said officers obtained a search warrant for the house and a vehicle in the driveway, where they found several guns.

Smith was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of recklessly endangering a person and first-degree criminal mischief.

Few other details were released and Burleigh said they were still investigating the situation.

He said it’s unclear if the victims and the suspect knew each other or whether it was a random shooting.

“We only know what we know,” he said. “Some things we weren’t told.”


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