DA: Bend driver killed self during traffic stop

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 9:53 AM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 4:31 PM

UPDATE: Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says it appears a driver killed during a traffic stop involving Bend police died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Hummel, however, says the officer who stopped Timothy Bret Bontrager also fired into the vehicle, and the sequencing of events remains under investigation.

Officer Timothy Williams stopped the Toyota 4-Runner late Tuesday after Bontrager failed to use his turn signal. Williams was soon joined by a fellow officer who stood on the passenger side of the stopped vehicle.

Hummel says the officer suspected Bontrager of driving while impaired, and the apparent suicide occurred during questioning. The DA says paramedics found a gun in the driver's hand.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The driver was a 36-year-old Bend resident with no criminal record in Oregon.
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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say two officers were involved in the fatal shooting of a motorist in Central Oregon.

The Bend Police Department said the shooting happened late Tuesday after an officer stopped a 36-year-old man on Highway 97 and Cooley Road. The department has yet to say what led officers to fire, or if the suspect had a weapon.

Names have not been released.

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