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Suspect in Springfield bomb hoax shot dead in Deschutes County

KTVZ reported Thursday that 44-year-old Jesse Wade Powell died after being shot by Deputy Randy Zilk. Springfield Police arrested Powell last year on accusations he left a hoax explosive device outside a building, causing a bomb scare that forced hundreds of people to evacuate. (Mugshot via SPD; scene photo via DCSO)

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The man accused of placing a hoax explosive device on a natural gas service line in Springfield last October was shot and killed by a Deschutes County Sheriff's deputy at a campsite in the Deschutes National Forest near Bend.

KTVZ reported Thursday that 44-year-old Jesse Wade Powell died after being shot by Deputy Randy Zilk.

The 13-year veteran of the sheriff's office fired one round at Powell after responding to a call from a hiker Wednesday evening who overheard a fight between a male and a female. The hiker also heard gunshots.

Officials would not say if any weapons were found the scene and did not offer any other details.

Authorities say a U-Haul, trailer, motorcycle and camper Powell had in the woods had been reported stolen in Deschutes County.

Zilk and another deputy who was at the scene are on paid leave pending an investigation.

Sheriff Shane Nelson said the two deputies performed CPR on Powell to no avail.

Springfield Police arrested Powell last year on accusations he left a hoax explosive device outside a building, causing a bomb scare that forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

The explosives unit used a pair of robots to examine the device October 5, 2017, from a distance before determining it was a hoax.

Powell pleaded guilty to Possession of a Hoax Explosive Device in that case and served 45 days in jail.

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