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Shootout Update

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 08:02

An autopsy shows that the man who was involved in a shootout with a Longview Police Officer on Tuesday night died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office released this information from the autopsy report yesterday afternoon, but they’re not releasing any other information about injuries found on the man, nor are they releasing information on the number of shots fired. The Sheriff’s Office also says that this suspect still has not been identified. The name of the Longview Officer involved also is not being released at this time, though it has been disclosed that his police car was hit by several rounds, shattering the windshield and doing other damage. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that this was a “nightmarish” situation, but he says that the Officer reacted to this lethal scenario, and was able to survive. Yesterday morning, people living on Quail Lane reported finding bullet holes in their homes, possibly caused by rounds from the shootout. No injuries were reported at either home. Detectives will work today on trying to preserve evidence connected to the incident, along with working to identify the deceased suspect. The man was shot after a robbery that took place around 8:40 pm on Tuesday at Yoon’s Market on Pacific Way. The Longview Officer spotted the suspect and chased him for about three miles. When the suspect’s pickup broke down near Coal Creek Road and Ocean Beach Highway, he reportedly got out, firing a high-powered rifle. The Officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect before he ran off; around 11 pm Tuesday night, that man was found dead about 100 yards from his pickup.