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Man killed by police at Bend museum identified

Associated Press

BEND, Ore. – Authorities have identified the man who was fatally shot in a Bend museum Tuesday.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said 36-year-old Nicholas Berger was shot after Berger allegedly held a knife to a woman’s throat and threatened to kill her inside the High Desert Museum.

Hummel said Berger grabbed a 38-year-old woman working in the museum gift shop. A struggle followed as the woman fought Berger while being forced through various exhibit halls. Approximately 30 other museumgoers were in the vicinity of the incident, some of whom Hummel said tried to help the employee.

Police said she was able to get away from Berger before police encountered him. An Oregon State Police trooper used a Taser and then fire three shots at Berger. It’s unclear exactly what occurred before the shooting.

Berger died at the scene. A major crimes team is investigating.

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