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COP SHOT

others injured as well in two separate shootings in Outlook

OUTLOOK - A Yakima County Sheriff's deputy investigating a report of shots fired in Outlook was shot and wounded last night, Monday.

Two separate reports of shots fired in the Outlook area were called in last night, the first one at 10:04 p.m. and the second call coming in at 10:53 p.m.

The first shooting occurred in the 200 block of Outlook Road. According to the Sunnyside police, witnesses reported a black Honda leaving the scene. According to a Yakima County Sheriff's Office incident report, a female was injured as the result of the gunfire.

It was during the second call that the deputy was injured.

Two Sheriff's deputies responded to the call of shots fired in the 100 block of B Street. The reporting party said approximately four to five shots were fired. The deputies were in the vicinity of Yakima Valley Highway investigating the report when they came under fire from an unknown direction, police say. One deputy suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the back. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. As of this morning he was being debriefed by officials.

The second deputy was uninjured in the attack.

The shooting brought a swift response from 11 local agencies, including the Benton County Sheriff's Department, Kennewick Police Department, Richland Police Department, Yakima Police Department, Sunnyside Police Department, Toppenish Police Department, Grandview Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Mabton Police Department, Wapato Police Department and the Zillah Police Department.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office incident report, authorities set up a staging area on Yakima Valley Highway near Outlook and began stopping vehicles, looking for suspects.

Shortly before 2 a.m. an individual approached officers and told them an individual nearby was requesting an ambulance and wanted to be arrested. A unit was sent to investigate.

Later, while officers were clearing a house, they found a .22-caliber weapon on the porch. Two individuals were taken into custody for questioning. A female believed to be driving the car used in the initial shooting incident was taken into custody.

Later, officers found a .22-caliber weapon in the westbound lane of Yakima Valley Highway. Officers believe this weapon was used in the first shooting incident.

Several people were either taken into custody for questioning or volunteered to go to the Sunnyside Police Department for questioning.

Sunnyside Police Chief Administrative Assistant Charlotte Hinderlider said the incident is under investigation and no one had been arrested as of 10:30 a.m. (Tuesday). Police are not releasing any more information at this time.

Due to a mutual aid agreement between the Yakima County Sheriff's Office and the Sunnyside Police Department, Sunnyside police will take the lead on the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Sunnyside Police Detective John Chumley at 509-836-6200.

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