CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened at a RV Resort in Welches on Friday.
It’s hard for neighbors to believe what happened in this small community tucked away in Welches.
“I was shocked because typically this is a very quiet place and it’s one of the things that we like about mount hood resorts is it’s quiet,” Dennis Bresciani said.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies say around 2:45 p.m. Friday they responded to a call about a suicidal man.
They say it was that 58-year-old man’s family who had called police.
When deputies arrived a crisis, negotiator tried to talk the man down but at some point, things escalated.
Deputies say non-lethal rounds were used including bean bag rounds and a taser but at some point, the man was shot and killed.
A patrol deputy at the scene who did not shoot the man was also shot in the arm but has since been treated and released.
“It’s sad. It hurts my heart a lot. It’s sad because there’s a lot to live for,” Rori Klingbeil said.
She said she knows who the man was, and he has lived at the resort for several years.
“He’s a great guy. It’s just, I don’t know what happened,” Klingbeil said.
She says she didn’t know him or his situation well but that he was quiet and enjoyed her breakfast food.
Klingbeil says this area is common for people who want a little bit of escape.
“There’s a lot of people that live up here, a lot of vets, that like to be by themselves and don’t want anybody messing with them and stuff like that,” she said.
Neighbors say while it’s surprising to hear what happened they also know this has been a tough time for many people.
“It’s probably problematic of the times we are going through. People are going through some hard times,” Bresciani said.
Deputies say they have received information that this man has been having a mental health crisis for several days now.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the incident but Clackamas County is taking lead on investigation.
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