Photo by Tim Graff
One of the casualties from last night’s high speed chase, involving police and a carjacker, was this yard on Sunnyside’s Rainbow Lane. The suspect led police to the Cherry Hill area near Granger, where he crashed the stolen vehicle and fired a shotgun at a Sunnyside police officer, before forcing his way into a home there and injuring a female occupant of the house with another shotgun blast.
A Toppenish man has been identified as the carjacker who ended up shooting it out with Sunnyside police last night.
Although no cops were struck by gunfire, a woman at a Granger-area home – taken hostage by the fleeing suspect – was shot. Sunnyside police report the female was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Sunnyside Community Hospital.
The man accused of carjacking a vehicle in Sunnyside, leading police on a high speed pursuit and ultimately shooting it out with law enforcement officers is Richard E. Yallup, 27, of Toppenish.
A spokesman for the Sunnyside Police Department, Sgt. Joey Glossen, reports the incident began at about 7 p.m. last night (Wednesday). Police were called to the 100 block of Parkland Homes, where a man told them another man had pointed a shotgun at him and his daughter, forcibly taking their vehicle.
Glossen said a Sunnyside police officer soon after spotted the carjacked vehicle, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Yallup, refused to pull over and fled at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Glossen said officers pursued the stolen vehicle for several miles in and around the city.
During the high speed chase the driver of the stolen vehicle rammed two police cruisers – one a Sunnyside police car and the other the vehicle of a Yakima County Sheriff’s deputy.
Yallup, said Glossen, then fled towards Granger, eventually crashing the stolen vehicle in the area of Cherry Hill.
At that point, according to Glossen’s press release to the media, the Toppenish man fled on foot with a Sunnyside police officer chasing him.
“As Yallup was fleeing he turned and fired a shotgun at the officer, who then returned fire,” said Glossen.
The carjacker continued his escape and made his way to a nearby home, where Glossen said Yallup fired his shotgun into the door of the residence. A female inside the home, said Glossen, was struck by the shotgun blast.
The man then burst into the home and took the injured woman, as well as others in the house, hostage.
SWAT teams from Sunny-side and Yakima County were called to the scene, as well as hostage negotiators. Glossen said while the negotiator was attempting to make contact with Yallup, the residents of the home overpowered him.
“The SWAT team observed the struggle and entered the residence, taking the suspect into custody without further incident,” Glossen explained.
Besides sending the woman who was shot to the Sunnyside hospital, the Sunnyside police officer who was in the police cruiser that was rammed by the carjacker also got taken to the Sunnyside hospital. Yallup, too, required medical treatment and was taken to a local hospital.
The Sunnyside cop that exchanged gunfire with Yallup will be relieved of his regular duties.
“In cases involving this type of incident it is standard practice and protocol of the Sunnyside Police Department to place the involved officer on paid administrative leave, and request an outside agency to investigate,” Glossen said in his report to the media.
Glossen noted the officer-involved shooting, as well as the home invasion case will be handled by the county sheriff’s office. He said the carjacking and eluding law enforcement investigations will be taken on by the Sunnyside police.
According to Glossen, the suspect – Yallup, has nine prior felony convictions. Among them are auto theft and eluding police charges.
All told last night, law enforcement personnel from the police departments in Sunnyside, Granger, Mabton, Toppenish and Yakima were involved in taking Yallup into custody, as well as deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.