Bend Police: Passenger threatens Uber driver with gun; suspect surrenders after motel standoff
(Update: police add more details)
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Lafayette, Oregon man who allegedly threatened an Uber driver with a handgun Thursday night fled to a motel room northeast of Bend, provoking a standoff that brought many police to the scene until he surrendered more than two hours later, officers said.
Police responded at around 9:40 p.m. to the reported incident involving an Uber passenger and driver in the Northeast Second Street and Greeley Avenue area, Sgt.Joe Pacheco said.
The weapon was presented after the man was taken from another location in Bend, at a time when both men were outside the vehicle, officers said. The Uber driver was not injured.
“They had a brief disagreement on something, and it led to him pulling out a gun,” Lt. Clint Burleigh said. The Uber driver then contacted the police dispatchers.
Before police arrived at the scene, the Uber driver’s 27-year-old passenger fled to a nearby motel room, Pacheco said.
The responding police set up a perimeter, evacuated some nearby motel rooms and attempted to negotiate with the man to surrender. Pacheco said he initially did not respond to police negotiators.
The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) was also called to the motel and continued to try to negotiate with the man to surrender. He finally did so around midnight and was taken into custody without further incident or injury, Pacheco said. A handgun was found at the scene, officers added.
The man was held in Deschutes County Jail on charges of threat and illegal use of a weapon.