Robbery suspect shot by Grandview cop while trying to escape

July 6, 2013 

— A Grandview police officer shot a robbery suspect while attempting to take him into custody Friday night.

The 42-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital. His condition was unavailable Saturday.

A 17-year-old Wapato boy also was arrested in connection to the incident and is in custody in Yakima, according to a Grandview Police Department news release.

The incident began at about 11:40 p.m. when residents of a home in the 600 block of East Third Street in Grandview called to report that three males had broken in and demanded money.

"A firearm was displayed and several shots discharged by the suspects," the news release said.

Property and money were taken and the three males then left, according to the release.

Grandview police spotted their vehicle and tried to stop it. But the driver refused to pull over and instead led police on a chase that reached speeds of nearly 100 mph before the vehicle left the road near the intersection of Midvale and Green Valley roads in Sunnyside. The vehicle got stuck in a field, and one of its occupants fled, according to the news release.

Police set up a perimeter and called a Prosser Police Department K-9 unit, which helped other officers search the area.

The man who fled was not found. The 17-year-old was arrested without incident, but the 42-year-old tried to escape, according to police.

"A Grandview officer attempted to take the suspect into custody," the news release said. "The officer, placed in fear for his life by the suspect’s actions, shot the suspect."

A spokesperson at the Grandview Police Department said no other information about the shooting would be released Saturday. Additional information will be made available on Monday, according to the news release.

The Yakima Police Department's Major Crimes Unit will investigate the shooting. It is standard for uninvolved agencies to investigate officer-involved shootings. Grandview police will investigate the original robbery case.

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