Wallowa County District Attorney Mona K. Williams has released the identity of the man killed by two Wallowa County sheriff's deputies in a remote campground in Wallowa Thursday, Oct. 8.
Roy S. Bass, 52, of Wallowa was shot and killed at approximately 4 p.m. after deputies, Oregon State Police and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers responded to a 2:30 p.m. report that 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 about 11 miles out of Wallowa on the Bear Creek Road.
Two 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 are not related.
No police officers were injured in the incident. Both are now on paid administrative leave, further limiting the number of officers policing the 3,150 square miles of Wallowa County.
Each of the deputies involved in the shooting has been with the Sheriff's Office for nine years and has 20 years law enforcement experience. Undersheriff Rogers is the director of Wallowa County Search and Rescue and Deputy Rogers is the county's domestic violence specialist.
Results of an autopsy on the dead man are pending at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.
Investigation of the incident was conducted by the Sheriff's Office, 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.
Law officers throughout the county were shaken by the incident, the second police shooting in Wallowa in six months. James Blair of Wallowa was shot and killed May 21 when he resisted arrest and fired a handgun at a different set of officers, missing one by inches.
'I think this emphasizes just how dangerous law enforcement can be," said Wallowa County Sheriff Fred Steen.
"Statistically, it doesn't bode well psychologically for officers involved in a shooting. We're offering them all the counseling possible and it will be up to them how they want to handle that."