Video: Man attacks High Desert Museum employee

Man shot by OSP trooper after grabbing woman and threatening to kill her

Cell phone video shows Nicholas Berger holding a woman and threatening to kill her at the High Desert Museum in Bend. (Courtesy of OSP)

BEND, Ore. (KOIN) — Video of a fatal incident at High Desert Museum in Bend released Wednesday shows the suspect grabbing a woman and threatening to kill her before being shot dead by police.

It’s still unclear what caused 36-year-old Nicholas Berger to grab 39-year-old Amanda Berry, a museum employee, and hold a knife to her throat during his visit to the museum on May 31.

Investigators say Berger and the victim didn’t know each other.

Cell phone video of the incident taken by a visitor shows Berry struggling for her life and trying her best to get away from her attacker despite his size. Several people are seen approaching the man in the video in an attempt to help the victim escape.

Cell phone video shows Nicholas Berger holding a woman and threatening to kill her at the High Desert Museum in Bend. (Courtesy of OSP)
Cell phone video shows Nicholas Berger holding a woman and threatening to kill her at the High Desert Museum in Bend. (OSP)

The recording stops shortly after Berry is seen getting away with police nearby.

It was then Oregon State Police Trooper Richard Brannin confronted Berger and shot him. KOIN 6 News learned a Taser was deployed before shots were fired.

Berger was pronounced dead at the scene.

As the investigation continues, it’s still unclear what led to the attack.

“She believed, and I believe as well, that if Mr. Berger got her out of that building she would no longer be with us today,” Deschutes County DA John Hummel said.

More information is expected to be released as the investigation continues, including the DA’s legal take on whether Brannin’s decision to shoot Berger was appropriate.

OSP also released the 911 dispatch radio call from the incident.

WARNING: Video contains profanity

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