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Apr 21,2007
Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot at Tumalo State Park
by Cheryl McDermott

A 40-year old Redmond man fatally shot himself at a campsite in Tumalo State Park Friday night, authorities said.

Oregon State Police (OSP) and local emergency personnel responded to the scene off OB Riley Road north of Bend in response to a 911 call made by witnesses to the incident about 11:30 p.m., April 20.

Troopers arriving on scene found the man still alive, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head with a handgun nearby. 

OSP troopers administered initial first-aid until local emergency medical technicians arrived and took over, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene about 11:45 p.m.

Troopers with OSP Bend Area Command are continuing the investigation.

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  • To every one i may have affended., I just want to let you know I am so sorry for your loss and maybe they should have asked more questions about the two cars that left him there ,my heart felt sympathy goes out to all his family members and especially the girl everyone left to deal with this tragic situation.... our prayers are with you Dave Ward may god bless you and your family ......... we are so sorry for your loss.....
  • (Posted on April 25, 2007, 4:18 pm Debra Collins)

  • I agree with Debra Collins that guns should not be allowed in the Park. I knew Lit Dave he gave my son Jordan his first ride ever on a Harley. We were friends for along time and im going to miss him.I also pray that the truth is found out what really happen that night . i also pray for the man who was there to come forward and tell his side of the story. You owe this to Dave and his family he left behind so they can have closure to his death..My prayers go out to his family/ Also there at that site were two women I pray that they do the right thing in this and tell the police the truth in what happen. Good bye my friend you are going to be missed we love you may you have peace with the lord that you never had here.
  • (Posted on April 25, 2007, 8:43 am Bessie)

  • his name was david ward and he was my uncle and it has not been proven yet how he died except from the gun shot wound no one knows yet if he did it or if someone else was involved ny uncle was a kind warm hearted person who would help anyone out i hope the truth is found god rest your soul no more suffering we love you dearly you will always be my favorite uncle
  • (Posted on April 23, 2007, 9:10 pm we miss you MERE)

  • To whom ever is interested in park safety should read this one , Our Family happened to be a unfortunate observers of this sad insodent . I feel this might not have happened if GUNS werent allowed in parks we were six camp sites from this .What if he would have missed and a bullet would have killed some one else. Playing with a gun is poor judgement on there part but this has affected everyone who was at that park that sad night. my prayers go out to his family I am so sorry for there loss.
  • (Posted on April 22, 2007, 8:00 pm Steven & Debra Collins)

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