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Suspects In Yakima County
Shooting Arrested
Two men had opened fire
on a state trooper

October 27, 2017




A few of the bullets that penetrated the WSP trooper's patrol car. Photo: WSP. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Chronicle staff

(YAKIMA, WA.) -- For a law officer, attempting a "routine" traffic stop of a speeder can turn deadly in a heartbeat.

Things change rapidly. Guns can be produced quickly and when bullets start flying, they come fast and furious with bad intentions on the tip of each one.

That is what happened to a Wash. State Patrol (WSP) trooper on Monday of this week in eastern Washington.

He tried to pull over a speeder at State Route 241 near Alexander Road in Sunnyside, Washington.

The speeder did not comply, says the WSP and after a six-minute pursuit, which reached speeds of more than 100 mph, the rig the trooper was chasing pulled into a residence along Forsell Road in Grandview and stopped.

That's when things got really dicey.

"Two suspects exited their vehicle and engaged the trooper with unknown type weapons. Multiple shots from the gunmen struck the trooper's car damaging the front end and windshield of the patrol car, as well as the in-car computer," said a WSP statement on the shooting.

Luckily the state trooper didn't get hit with any of that flying lead.

Both shooters then ran on foot through a vineyard and got away. They remained at large until yesterday, the day when state patrol officers found and busted the two men they believe did all that shooting.

The suspects they arrested were identified as Manuel J. Aviles, 18, of Mabton, Washington and 39-year old Felipe Cortes-Barajas of Grandview, Washington.

Both men were booked into the Yakima County Jail for assault one and unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

WSP Detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident and, "Want to thank the public for providing information that was essential in capturing these two armed and dangerous men," said a WSP statement.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the WSP tip line at 509 249 6700.





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