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Washington State Patrol Trooper shot at following pursuit; Suspects on the loose

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A Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper is alive and uninjured after being fired upon by multiple gunmen during a traffic stop.  The shooting took place on Monday October 23, 2017, at 9:08 p.m. at State Route 241 near Alexander Road.  Detectives from the WSP Criminal Investigation Unit are following up on leads in identifying and capturing the gunmen.

Two suspects fled when the Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a car that was traveling at 69 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone.  After a six minute pursuit, which reached speeds of more than 100-MPH, the suspect vehicle pulled into a residence along Forsell Road in Grandview and stopped.  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.  Both suspects fled on foot to the back of the property.  The trooper requested assistance and waited for back-up before pursuing the fleeing suspects on foot.

A police K-9 was utilized to track the last known whereabouts of the suspects, which led officers to a large shop on the back of the property, near the shooting. A multi-agency response team was quickly enacted which included the Yakima PD SWAT Team.  The response team deployed a remote controlled robot to search the shop for the suspects.

The trooper involved in this shooting is Nate Dawson. Trooper Dawson has been on the force for one year.  The trooper did not sustain any injuries from the shooting. The trooper was placed on home assignment as per policy during the investigation.

Both suspects are currently at large. We have no suspect information at this time. If you have information that can assist in this investigation you are asked to call Sgt. Greg Tri at 509-249-6741. 

Previous coverage:

A Washington State Patrol Trooper was shot at following a pursuit near Grandview, Washington early Tuesday morning. 

A tweet by Trooper Thorson shows a WSP patrol car with multiple bullet holes in it. Trooper Thorson says shots were fired at the end of the pursuit. The Trooper was not hit and returned fire, however the two suspects are still at large. 

WSP says the two suspects are dark-skinned men and fled on foot after the shooting. The search continues for them. 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates. 

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