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Bend-area man accused of pistol-whipping brother

'Alcohol and poor judgment appear to be factors'

BEND, Ore. - A 27-year-old Bend-area man was arrested Saturday night on charges he pistol-whipped his older brother during a fight that Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said sent both men to the hospital.

Deschutes County 911 got a call around 7:15 p.m. regarding a dispute in the 19000 block of Buck Canyon Road in River Bend Estates, just south of Bend, sheriff's Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said. The caller said a dispute between brothers had become violent and one was injured after being pistol-whipped.

Deputies arrived and found Joshua Adam Fadness standing in front of the home, with non-life-threatening injuries, Vander Kamp said. He was cooperative and taken into custody without incident.

The initial investigation found that Joshua and his older brother, Jacob, had begun arguing in front of the main house on the property. Vander Kamp said both men live at the address, in separate dwellings.

The argument became physical and both men fell to the ground, where they continued to wrestle, Vander Kamp said.

"During the struggle, Joshua Fadness pulled a large-caliber pistol from his waistband and began striking Jacob in the face and head with the pistol," the sergeant said in a news release. "Jacob was unarmed and sustained substantial, non-life-threatening injuries."

Other family members and dinner guests tried to stop the fight before noticing Joshua was armed with a pistol, Vander Kamp said. Family members who struggled with him, trying to disarm him and secure the gun, also received minor injuries, but the sergeant said the pistol never discharged.

Both men were taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment of their injuries.

Joshua Fadness later was booked into the county jail on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering. He remained held early Sunday on $65,000 bail.

"Alcohol and poor judgment appear to be factors in this incident," Vander Kamp said.


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