DA releases identities of victim, deputies in Oct. 7 shooting

Wallowa County Deputy Neil Rogers (left) and Undersheriff Steve Rogers (right) at the scene of the shooting incident, Oct. 7.

Wallowa County District Attorney Mona K. Williams has released the identity of the man killed by two Wallowa County Deputies in a remote campground in Wallowa, Oct. 7.

The man, Roy S. Bass, 52, was shot and killed at approximately 4 p.m. after Wallowa County Sheriff's deputies, Oregon State Police, and Federal Law Enforcement responded to a 2:30 p.m. report that US Forest Service employees had been approached and menaced by a man with a handgun. The incident took place at the Boundary Campground, a popular horse-camping area, approximately 11 miles out of Wallowa on the Bear Creek Road.

Two of the responding officers made contact with Bass who produced a handgun and pointed it at the officers. Bass was fatally shot by Undersheriff Steve Rogers and Deputy Neil Rogers. The two deputies are not related.

No police officers were injured in the incident.

Each of the officers involved in the shooting have been with Wallowa County Sheriff's Office for nine years and have 20 years experience as a law enforcement officers.

An autopsy of the dead man is pending by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The investigation of the incident is being conducted by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the Union County Major Crimes Team in accordance with Senate Bill 111 and the Wallowa County Use of Deadly Force Plan. Oregon State Police Forensic Services crime lab personnel worked at the scene on Oct. 8 and are assisting in the investigation.

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