Deputies persuade man to drop bow
They drew their service weapons and ordered the Newberg man to put the weapon down.
“He didn’t have much more time to comply,” said Capt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg-Dundee police. “It doesn’t take long to raise a bow.”
After complying, the 21- year-old, who had just shot off one of his mother’s fingers with the weapon, was taken into custody without further incident.
Bracken was arraigned Monday in circuit court on one count each of second-degree assault, a Class B felony; unlawful use of a weapon, a Class C felony, and menacing, a Class A misdemeanor. Judge John Collins set bail at $100,000.
The defendant is slated to appear before Judge Ronald Stone at 1:20 p.m. Monday. Service of a grand jury indictment is expected then.
Kosmicki gave this account:
About 5:30 p.m., city officers were dispatched to a two-story duplex at 315 N. Harrison St. in response to a call from the victim’s neighbor. The neighbor told police the woman had come seeking help after her son, who lived with her, had shot her finger with an arrow.
The victim was transported by Newberg Fire Department ambulance to a Portland trauma hospital. Her severed finger could not be saved.
“He was gone when officers arrived,” Kosmicki said. “They went in and cleared the residence. They didn’t know where he was or what he was capable of doing.
“Medics were taking care of the medical end. Our main concern was making sure no one else got hurt.”
The Newberg-Dundee Communications Agency knew sheriff’s deputies were in the area, and asked them to assist. The agency also alerted the Oregon State Police.
Bracken was subsequently spotted by Caughlin and Geist near the intersection of Highway 240 and North Chehalem Drive.
“When the deputies found him, he was still carrying the bow,” Kosmicki said. “He had it in a low-ready position. Rather than pointing it at the deputies, he was pointing it at the ground, but in their direction.”
About that time, Newberg-Dundee police canine officer Steve Schoening and his dog, Arco, arrived to assist.
“He didn’t seem to pay much attention to guns being pointed at him, but the dog barking seemed to get his attention,” Kosmicki said. “That’s when he started complying with orders.
“He put the bow down. This all happened quickly.”
It was originally reported that Bracken was armed with a crossbow. However, it turned out to be a compound bow.
“They allow you to exert more force with less effort,” Kosmicki said. “The arrow is dangerous. It’s razor sharp and comes out fast.”
Capt. Tim Svenson of the sheriff’s office said Caughlin and Geist just happened to be in the area when they got the call for assistance.
He said the situation could have gotten dicey for them if Bracken hadn’t dropped the bow.
“When you’re considering use of force, your backdrop always has to be considered. Where’s a bullet going if you miss? They did not have a safe backdrop in the position they were in.”
Kosmicki said it was not illegal for Bracken to possess the bow, but was illegal for him to fire it within city limits.