$2 million bail set for teen charged with shooting cop

YAKIMA - A juvenile court judge set bail at $2 million for an Outlook teen suspected of trying to kill two Yakima County Sheriff's deputies last Monday night.

Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty told the Daily Sun News that 16-year-old Jacob Lee Almaguer will be tried as an adult and is expected in Yakima County Superior Court today, Thursday, at 1:30 p.m.

Hagarty said he will charge Almaguer with two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.

Police say Almaguer intentionally shot at least nine bullets from a small caliber rifle at two deputies as they were investigating a report of shots fired. Injured was Deputy Flaviano Miranda, who suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The other deputy, Chris Stearley, was unharmed.

Twelve separate law enforcement agencies responded in force to the incident, scouring the area and clearing homes looking for any suspects. On Tuesday evening police gathered evidence and took Almaguer into custody. After an interview police determined they had enough evidence to make an arrest.

Sunnyside police say Almaguer is a known gang member and has had several run-ins with the police. He is being held in the Yakima County Jail.

As of yesterday afternoon Sunnyside police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider said the weapon used in the incident has yet to be recovered. Police do have witness statements and also recovered shell casings.

This case is still under investigation by the Sunnyside Police Department. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective John Chumley at 509-836-6200.


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