Wanted man shot, injured during arrest; Major Incident Team investigating

A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy shot and injured a wanted man during an arrest Tuesday morning, launching an investigation by the region’s Major Incident Team.

The suspect, 47-year-old Steven Eugene Newburg, was wanted in Washington for a parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender.

Sgt. Jayson Janes said the incident started Tuesday night when deputies tried to arrest Newburg in the area of Deer Lane near Alfalfa, but he ran from them through BLM land.

Deputies, K-9s, and drones spent about six hours trying to track Newburg but ended the search overnight.

Around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, deputies followed up on information about Newburg’s location and found him walking on BLM land west of Bend Road.

When confronted, Newburg displayed a knife, Janes said, and during a confrontation, a deputy shot him.

Deputies negotiated with Newburg and non-lethal efforts were also made to get him to drop the knife and eventually take him into custody, Janes said.

Newburg was taken to St. Charles with non-life-threatening injuries.

All three deputies involved will be placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, Janes said.




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