DA clears Deschutes Co. deputy involved in shooting near Alfalfa

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel has cleared a Sheriff’s Office deputy in a non-lethal shooting during a December arrest near Alfalfa.

Hummel held a virtual press conference Friday detailing his findings following an investigation into the arrest of 47-year-old Steven Newburg on December 16th, 2020.

“The best news about this incident is that Steven Newburg made a full recovery from the relatively minor injury he sustained from a bullet wound, and no officers were injured,” Hummel said. “The restraint and compassion shown by the involved officers and deputies was striking and commendable.”

The incident began December 15th when Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies tried to arrest Newburg but he ran through BLM land.

Newburg was wanted in Washington for a parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender.

Deputies spent six hours searching the area before they ended the search.

The found Newburg walking near Bend Road the next morning. When confronted, Newburg displayed a knife and threatened to kill himself.

During the confrontation, Deputy Michael Mangin shot him once in the shoulder, according to the report.

“Deputy Mangin fired his gun because he needed to do so to protect his life, yet he only fired one round, because one round stopped the threat,” Hummel said in his report. “Deputy Mangin deployed his K-9 to attempt to end this incident without further gun shots. Deputy Baltzor looked for every opportunity to end this incident without additional gun shots.”

Deputy Clint Baltzor was also at the scene when the shots were fired, according to Hummel. All deputies involved were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

You can read Hummel’s full report below:


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