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DCSO IDs Mayfield Pond shooting victim as Bend man, says it may have been accidental; wants to talk to target shooters

DCSO IDs Mayfield Pond shooting victim as Bend man, says it may have been accidental; wants to talk to target shooters

(Update: Shooting victim identified, other new details)

Also seeking witnesses to vehicle, driver near scene, home video of traffic along route

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Deschutes County sheriff’s detectives on Friday identified a fatal shooting victim as a 53-year-old Bend man who was camping with a friend near Mayfield Pond east of Bend. They called Neil Martell’s death a possible accidental shooting and want to hear from anyone who was in the area target shooting Thursday afternoon.

Deputies and detectives also are seeking witnesses to a person and vehicle seen near the shooting scene, as well as any home video that caught traffic on certain roads between Bend and Alfalfa, Lieutenant William Bailey said in an update Friday.

Bailey said the sheriff’s office is seeking information about a smaller, white SUV or crossover, likely less than 10 years old, and the driver, described as a white male in his 30s.

Detectives also are seeking home surveillance video from anyone in the community who may have captured footage of vehicle traffic after 1 p.m. Thursday on Neff Road between Bend and the Powell Butte Highway and on Alfalfa Market Road between Powell Butte Highway and the Alfalfa Market Store.

Bailey also confirmed Friday to NewsChannel 21 that Martell was camping with a friend, who reported the shooting.

Deputies responded just after 2 p.m. Thursday to the reported shooting on BLM land near milepost 4 on Alfalfa Market Road, Bailey said. Deputies and Bend Fire medics arrived on scene and found a deceased adult male.

 Detectives were called out to lead the investigation, assisted by Bend Police, Oregon State Police, the OSP Crime Lab (forensics unit) and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Bailey said.

Investigators were working on the scene several hours later, with crime scene tape marking off the location at the Mayfield Pond Recreation Area, southwest of the pond.

“We do not currently have information that there is an active threat to public safety,” Bailey said in a news release Thursday evening, adding, “Community members should always be aware of their surroundings, though, and report anything suspicious to their local law enforcement.”

Detectives also want to speak with anyone who was in the area around 2 p.m. Anyone with information was asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and ask to speak with a detective.

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