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OSP Investigation and Arrest east of Bend
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's incident along Highway 20E that led to the arrest of a 52-year old Elkton, Oregon man east of Bend. The ongoing investigation confirmed the alleged crime happened in Deschutes County, not Lake County as was originally believed based on initial information. In addition to the location correction, investigators also said the victim is a common law domestic partner, not the suspect's wife.
OSP Criminal Investigation Division detectives and troopers are continuing to investigate the incident today. Working during the night, they secured the suspect's motor home and will work with OSP Forensic Services Division personnel to process it for evidence. Investigators are also out at ODOT property near milepost 67 this morning where the crime is alleged to have happened.
The suspect, ROY HILL, age 52, from Elkton, was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 18, 2010 east of Bend after OSP and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received information from Harney County Sheriff's Office that they were in contact with a female stopped in a vehicle on Highway 20E near Burns. The 55-year old woman alleged she and HILL were traveling in separate vehicles when they stopped along Highway 20E. She stated that as she was in the motor home that HILL had been driving, he shot at her with a shotgun while they were stopped along the highway. The woman was able to get to her vehicle and drove eastbound as he drove westbound. She further told deputies that he was intoxicated.
OSP troopers and Deschutes County deputies were looking for the 33-foot motor home pulling a utility trailer when it was spotted by a trooper and subsequently stopped on Powell Butte Highway about 1/2 mile north of Highway 20E. Officers conducted felony stop procedures at gunpoint at 5:25 p.m. They advised HILL was in custody at 5:33 p.m.
HILL is currently lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:
  • Attempted Murder
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Menacing
  • Harassment
  • DUII
Bail is currently set at $266,000. Arraignment questions should be directed to Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.