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Man shot, killed in Bend museum after dragging gift shop worker at knifepoint

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Photo of suspect and victim involved in officer-involved shooting in High Desert Museum in Bend. (Photo released by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel) Photo of suspect and victim involved in officer-involved shooting in High Desert Museum in Bend. (Photo released by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel)
Photo of suspect and victim involved in officer-involved shooting in High Desert Museum in Bend. (Photo released by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel) Photo of suspect and victim involved in officer-involved shooting in High Desert Museum in Bend. (Photo released by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel)
Officers at High Desert Museum in Bend after deadly officer-involved shooting. (Source: FoxNews Edge) Officers at High Desert Museum in Bend after deadly officer-involved shooting. (Source: FoxNews Edge)
BEND, OR (KPTV) -

A man was shot and killed by a deputy after dragging a museum employee through various exhibit halls at knifepoint.

Investigators released details Wednesday about what led to Tuesday's deadly officer-involved shooting inside the High Desert Museum.

A witness called 911 at 3:25 pm. Tuesday to report a man with a knife holding a woman and threatening to kill her.

The man has been identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Berger. Police said he recently moved to Bend, but investigators don't know what caused him to grab a 38-year-old woman working in the museum gift shop.

Berger forced the woman out of the gift shop, according to police, and a violent struggle ensued as the woman "fought for her life."

Police said Berger was 6 feet 6 inches tall and 425 pounds, while the woman is 5 feet 3 inches tall and petite.

Berger forced the woman through various exhibit halls in the museum with his arm around her neck and a knife.

Police said around 30 people were nearby as the incident unfolded. Several of them intervened in an effort to protect the woman, who was eventually released by Berger. Police referred to the witnesses who stepped in as heroes.

Oregon State Police troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived and confronted Berger. A trooper deployed a Taser and then fired three shots at Berger.

Berger was pronounced dead at the scene.

"My sympathies go out to the Nicholas Berger's family. We still do not know why he did what he did, and many no doubt feel animus toward him, but we know his family is suffering and we wish them well," Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a statement.

The Tri-County Major Crimes Team was activated and the Bend Police Department is the lead agency investigating the shooting. Hummel said the next steps in the investigation include a complete autopsy on Berger, additional interviews and a review of all museum security video.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health responded to the scene to provide support to museum staff and visitors. The Red Cross was at the scene overnight providing food and blankets, while a local Costco and Starbucks also provided food and drinks.

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