Two men arrested after drive-by shooting into house

Two Bend men have been arrested after a drive-by shooting left bullet holes in the front door of a house, according to Bend Police. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Sgt. Robert Jones said officers were dispatched to a shooting complaint Tuesday just before midnight at the Mountain Glen Townhomes on NE Butler Market Road.

Several callers reported hearing shots fired and observed a gray Ford Ranger speeding away. When officers arrived on scene they located several bullet holes in the front door of a residence. Bullet casings were also located near the residence, Jones said.

At 1:22 a.m. an Oregon State Trooper found the suspect vehicle in the area of Business 97 and Mount Washington Drive. The trooper stopped the vehicle, a gray Ford Ranger, driven by Joseph William Triplett.

Triplett was identified as a suspect, taken into custody, and taken to the Bend Police Department. Triplett was later taken to the Deschutes County Jail where he was charged with delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy, Jones said.

Officers and detectives continued to gather information and follow-up on leads throughout the night including obtaining video surveillance which showed two suspects in the truck at the time of the incident. Jones said the identity and location of the second suspect was obtained during the investigation.

Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, officers and detectives with the Bend Police Department executed a search warrant at 1471 NE Tucson Way #3 in Bend. Officers contacted and arrested 19-year-old Blake Riley Simms.

Simms was taken to the Bend Police Department and later taken to the Deschutes County Jail where he was booked on several charges including delivery of cocaine, unlawful use and carry of a weapon, reckless endangering, menacing and first-degree criminal mischief.

Officers and detectives on Thursday evening also served a search warrant at the victim’s residence to gather more evidence.

The firearm used during the crime was also located and seized during the investigation.


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