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▶️ Police: Redmond woman tried to hit others with car near Shepherd’s House

Redmond car assault Shepherd's House

Redmond Police say a woman was arrested Tuesday after trying to hit people with a car before barricading herself inside the vehicle.

It happened at the Shepherd’s House location at 1350 S. Highway 97 at about 6:12 a.m. Shepherd’s House leaders say the woman, who previously had received services there, had been asked to leave.

Police say officers arrived to find that the 49-year-old Redmond woman had tried to hit other people with the car and threatened to arm herself with a hammer to assault others.

The woman tried to leave the area, but officers were able to keep her in the parking lot using STOP sticks and then blocking her with their own vehicles, police said.

She allegedly barricaded herself in her car and refused to surrender despite the efforts of Central Oregon Emergency Response Team negotiators. Redmond Police said pepper spray was deployed in the car. The woman eventually surrendered.

“Our major concern is safety, and we impress upon our guests that it’s important that we be safe for each other here and that we be safe for our neighbors here,” said John Lodise, director of low-barrier service for Shepherd’s House Ministries.

“If the person will not leave voluntarily, we want to avoid any kind of physical conflict,” Lodise said. “That’s when we called the police.”

Redmond Police say it’s the first incident of this kind near the shelter since it opened in November.

“These are less than 1% incidents that we experienced at Shepherd’s House,” Lodise said. “When we have a situation that’s this serious, we call the police and then we do as the police instruct us. That’s what happened this morning.”

The woman is facing possible assault, reckless driving and resisting arrest charges, police say.

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