Deschutes drone helps capture wanted felon


Ryan Nathaniel Fischer-Salt surrendered to Deschutes County deputies after crossing the Deschutes River, July 12, 2019 (Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Redmond man wanted for a felony parole violation was arrested Friday afternoon when he surrendered to authorities in an arrest caught on camera by a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office drone.

Ryan Nathaniel Fischer-Salt was in a Tumalo bar around 4:45 p.m. when deputies learned he was there. Thursday night he fled from an unrelated traffic stop, officials said.

The 38-year-old fled the bar before deputies arrived. Two separate K9 teams helped track his movement along with tips from citizens in the area. Around 5:30 p.m., he was spotted crossing Hwy 20.

As deputies contained the area and the K9 teams closed in, the drone was launched and spotted Fischer-Salt in the Deschutes River. The drone followed him as he crossed the river and surrendered without incident to deputies on the banks.

He was taken to the Deschutes County Jail on his outstanding warrant.

PAROLE FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN TUMALO AFTER 4 HOUR MANHUNT On July 12, 2019 at approximately 4:45PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were assisting Bend Police Officers with a traffic stop in the Tumalo area. During the traffic investigation, DCSO Deputies received information that Ryan Nathaniel Fischer-Salt, age 38, of Redmond, Oregon was inside a nearby Tumalo bar. Fischer-Salt was known to have an outstanding state-wide felony parole violation warrant after he fled from an unrelated traffic stop the night before. Deputies converged around the Tumalo Tavern and found that Fischer-Salt fled the bar just prior to their arrival. DCSO K9 Ezel and his partner began tracking Fischer-Salt around the southern Tumalo area as private citizens called 911 to report his movement. DCSO Deputies and Detectives, Bend Police Officers and Oregon State Troopers contained the area. Cascade Academy’s Summer Camp was briefly placed on lock-down as law enforcement moved through the area.Deschutes County 911 also deployed the Deschutes Alert System to alert nearby Tumalo residents about the on-going manhunt. The Deschutes Alert System (DAS) can be used to notify the public with important information during an emergency. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to register their cellular or VoiP phone numbers on the Deschutes County 911 website if you would like to be included in the important and valuable service.DCSO Deputies believed Fischer-Salt remained the area and that law enforcement had him contained in the Tumalo area.Weather conditions were hot, and K9 Brolo was called in to assist and allow the other K9 team to cool down and rest. Around 530PM, Fischer-Salt was spotted crossing Highway 20 near Old-Bend Redmond Highway.DCSO Deputies surrounded the area while K9 Ezel and K9 Brolo, with their handlers, worked in concert to converge on Fischer-Salt with the help of a DCSO Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drone. As the K9 teams began to merge, Fischer-Salt emerged from the hillside and surrendered to K9 Brolo and DCSO Deputies on the opposite side of the river.Fischer-Salt crossed the Deschutes River to awaiting DCSO Deputies. He was taken into custody without further incident. He was later taken to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail and lodged on his outstanding parole board Warrant.The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes Unit, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Posted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Oregon on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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