July 19, 2010
Ephrata, Washington - An 18-year-old Mattawa man has been
charged with attempted first-degree murder, after shooting at a
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) police captain
Saturday in Grant County.
The man is being held in Grant County Jail on $1 million bail,
along with his 60-year-old father, who drew a knife on another
WDFW police officer. The father has been charged with
second-degree assault, and is being held on $100,000 bail. The
men, who made a preliminary appearance today in Grant County
Superior Court, are to be formally arraigned next Monday.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has also placed holds on both
The two were arrested Saturday evening, following a vehicle
pursuit by WDFW and the State Patrol on State Route 28 near
The incident began about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when WDFW Officer
Chad McGary was checking anglers at Crab Creek, a popular fishing
area near Beverly in Grant County. McGary contacted the 18 year
old, who had been fishing but did not possess a fishing license.
As McGary was escorting the suspect back to his vehicle, to
confirm whether he had purchased a license, the man drew a gun and
pointed it at the officer. The manís father also approached the
officer, brandishing a knife.
The young man then escaped to a car and was pursued by WDFW Capt.
Chris Anderson. During the pursuit, the suspect turned his vehicle
around and drove toward Andersonís marked police vehicle, firing
shots and penetrating the driverís side door with one round.
Anderson returned fire after the suspect attempted to shoot at him
a second time.
After a pursuit of several miles, the suspect was apprehended
after his car stalled on State Route 28 near Ephrata.
The young man was booked into Grant County Jail for alleged
attempted murder in the first degree. The suspectís father was
booked for alleged assault and for an outstanding felony warrant
on an unrelated charge.
The incident is being investigated by the Columbia Basin
Investigative Team, a regional law-enforcement consortium.
Investigations are routinely conducted following police use of
force involving firearms.
WDFW police are general-authority law enforcement officers who
provide a range of police services focused on natural-resource
protection and public safety.