BEND, Ore. — Two men are dead in a quiet northeast Bend neighborhood after a shooting incident that the Deschutes County District Attorney has called "horrific and tragic."
Investigators pieced together the story from evidence at the scene and the one surviving man involved in the incident, 31-year-old Brennan Pebbles.
Pebbles lived in the neighborhood of McCall Landing with his roommate, 33-year-old Kyle Adams. On the morning of October 20, Adams was asleep in his bedroom when he awoke to find their neighbor, 31-year-old Tyler Herrick, standing there.
The DA's office says that Herrick had no permission to be in the house, and when Adams confronted him, Herrick "spouted off unintelligible gibberish." Adams demanded that Herrick leave, which he eventually did.
Adams immediately texted Pebbles, who was away from the house at work, telling him about the incident with Herrick. Pebbles rushed home from work.
While Adams and Pebbles were in their living room discussing the strange incident with Herrick, investigators believe that Herrick was coming through the front yard of their home armed with an AR-15 rifle. Herrick stood in front of the living room window, aimed, and opened fire on the two men — shattering the window.
One bullet struck Adams, who would die from the wound. Meanwhile, Pebbles was able to escape the living room and ran upstairs, grabbing his own gun. He hid in the master bathroom.
Investigators believe that Herrick fired multiple shots into the front door before entering the house. Then he began to "methodically" hunt Pebbles down in a room-by-room search. But when Herrick came into the master bedroom, Pebbles opened fire — killing Herrick.
The DA's office says that their investigation has yet to determine the cause of Herrick's behavior, but they believe that Adams and Pebbles had done nothing to incite violence from him. They have declared Pebbles' shooting of Herrick "legally authorized."
“My heart goes out to Brennan Pebbles as he struggles with the pain of seeing his friend murdered next to him, being hunted down himself, and then shooting and killing the assailant to save his life," said Deschutes County DA John Hummel. "Kyle Adams’ family is mourning the loss of a loved one who went to bed in his own home and woke up in a warzone. He did nothing wrong and will be missed."
"Why did Tyler Herrick do what he did? We don’t know yet but won’t stop digging until we figure it out. Our community deserves answers and we’ll do our best to provide them,” Hummel said.
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