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WWPD fires shots at suspects ramming patrol car

Walla Walla Police fired shots when their patrol car was intentionally struck head-on by a vehicle Sunday evening.

An officer, Paul Green, observed a Chevrolet pickup pulling a utility trailer near West Sumach, between 4th and 5th around 9:30 p.m.

As the officer drove east on Sumach, he noticed the vehicle driving towards him. When the vehicle got closer, the suspect accelerated and rammed into the front of the patrol vehicle, forcing the patrol vehicle off the roadway. Officer Green drew his service weapon and fired shots at the suspect’s vehicle as his car was being rammed.

The vehicle let a pursuit south on 5th and numerous streets before leaving the city southbound on 3rd Ave. The pursuit continued into Oregon. With the assistance from the Milton-Freewater Police, Washington State Patrol, Umatilla and Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Deputies, the pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a ditch after leaving railroad tracks in the area of Elliot Rd.

The driver of the vehicle, Jason Barnes, 32, was arrested as he attempted to flee from the vehicle. The passenger, Jessica Grigsby, 35, was arrested, but did not try to escape. Both suspects had multiple warrants for their arrests. The suspect vehicle has been reported stolen to WWPD earlier.

Both suspects complained of minor injuries resulting from the pursuit ending crash.

The two were lodged in the Umatilla County Jail for Oregon warrants previously issued for their arrests. Criminal charges resulting from the vehicular assault to the officer and the pursuit are pending as detectives continue their investigation.

Barnes was previously arrested for attempting to elude police in 2014 and has a lengthy arrest record in this area.


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