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CAUGHT: Authorities Nab Both Suspects In State Patrol Shooting

Remember hearing about two suspects who fled after shooting at a Washington State Patrol trooper?

Those suspects are now behind bars.

State Patrol officials have announced that they have arrested two men believed to be responsible for opening fire on a trooper Monday.

The two men have been booked into the Yakima County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Officials identified the suspects as 18-year-old Manuel J. Aviles of Mabton and 39-year-old Felipe Cortes-Barajas of Grandview.

The men were arrested Thursday morning in Adams County by members of the WSP SWAT team.

On Monday, the shooting rocked the Lower Valley as pictures of a Washington State Patrol car with bullet holes went viral.

At 9:08 p.m. at State Route 241 near Alexander Road a trooper attempted to stop a speeding vehicle. After a six minute pursuit, which reached speeds of more than 100 MPH, the suspect vehicle pulled into a residence along Forsell Road in Grandview and stopped. Two suspects exited their vehicle and engaged the trooper with unknown type weapons. Multiple shots from the gunmen struck the trooper’s car damaging the front end and windshield of the patrol car, as well as the in-car computer. Both suspects fled on foot through a vineyard and remained at large until Thursday.

WSP detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident. The WSP wants to thank the public for providing information that was essential in capturing these two armed and dangerous men. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the WSP tip line at 509 249 6700.
The WSP would like to thank the partnering law enforcement agencies who assisted in this investigation.

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