Tips Help Police Catch Men Suspected of Shooting at State Patrol
Two men have been arrested in connection with shooting at a Washington State Patrol Trooper Monday in Grandview
The shooting occurred Oct. 23 at 9:08 p.m. on State Route 241 near Alexander Road. A trooper attempted to stop a speeding vehicle. After a 6 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 through a vineyard and remained at large until Thursday.
"The Washington State Patrol has arrested two men believed to be responsible for opening fire on a Trooper on Monday," according to news sources.
The two men have been booked into the Yakima County Jail for assault in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act:
- Manuel J. Aviles, an 18-year-old Mabton resident
- Felipe Cortes-Barajas,a 39-year-old Grandview resident
The men were arrested Thursday morning in Adams County without incident.
WSP Detectives are continuing their investigation.
The WSP wants to thank the public for providing information that was essential in capturing the two armed and dangerous men. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the WSP tip line at 509-249-6700.