A homeowner in rural northeast Bend confronted a burglar breaking into his home Thursday night, told him to leave – and fired a shot when he came toward him instead, authorities said. The suspect fled, prompting a search that ended with the bite of a police K-9 and an arrest.
Around 9:12 p.m., Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 21000 block of Cooley Road on a report of a burglary in progress, said Lt. Kevin Dizney.
The suspect tried to get into an outbuilding shop before breaking a window to try to enter the home, Dizney said.
The homeowner confronted the suspect with an undisclosed firearm, ordered him to leave and fired one shot at him as he advanced toward him instead, the lieutenant said.
The suspect, later identified as Harley Alan Madison, 33 fled onto BLM land across the street, where he was tracked with the help of sheriff’s patrol dog “Duco,” Dizney said.
Madison was found a short distance into the woods, but refused to comply with deputies’ commands and was bitten by the dog during the arrest, receiving non-life-threatening injuries, Dizney said.
Bend fire medics evaluated Madison on scene, then took him to St. Charles-Bend for further evaluation. Dizney said the suspect was not hit by the gunshot and was released from the hospital, then taken to the county jail.
But first, Dizney said, Madison tried to assault a police officer at the hospital, resulting in no injuries.
“Drug use is suspected in this case,” Dizney said in a news release, adding that it’s not known where Madison lives or why he was in the area. Online records show Madison was arrested for a parole violation in Bend last September.
As sheriff’s detectives continue the investigation, the neighborhood was canvassed to learn if any other homes were targeted, Dizney said. While no other homes were identified, Dizney asked that anyone who might have been a burglary or theft victim in the area, or who has other information related to the case, to case the sheriff’s office at (541) 693-6911.