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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Law enforcement sees busy Saturday


August 8, 2019

WAITSBURG—The Touchet Valley was buzzing with police activity on Saturday as a a manhunt in Waitsburg Saturday morning was followed by a multi-county high-speed chase and officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to both events.

Vehicles from Columbia County, the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office (WWCSO) and the Washington State Patrol slowly patroled, with lights flashing, the area between Main Street and Highway 12, between third and fifth streets in Waitsburg late Saturday morning.

Law enforcement appeared to be searching for an individual. The Times contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office for information and was told that, as a supporting agency on the call, the release would need to come from the WWCSO. Sheriff Mark Crider was unable to provide information on the incident, and said he did not have any information about a man with a knife, which is what was rumored on the street.

At about 4:15 Saturday afternoon, a multi-county pursuit of two female suspects involved in a possible robbery made its way through Waitsburg.

"I was so thankful that Main Street was empty of kids on bikes and skateboards," said witness Pam Chapman, who saw the car screech around the corner by the Word-n-Print bookstore.

According to a Washington State Patrol media release, the suspects, who were driving a stolen white Prius, reached high speeds while driving recklessly to evade capture.

Franklin and Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies joined WSP Troopers in this “long running and extraordinarily dangerous pursuit.” Multiple spike strips were deployed and Pursuit Immobilization Techniques (PIT) were implemented during the chase and Highway 12 was closed to traffic near Burbank

At one point, the passenger jumped from the vehicle, was apprehended and is now being held in the Columbia County jail.

The chase ended on eastbound Highway 12 and SR 124, two miles east of the Pasco city limits near the Vaughn Hubbard Bridge shortly after 3 p.m.

According to the WSP release, the remaining female occupant brandished a firearm, at which point, two WSP troopers and a Franklin County Deputy fired their weapons with multiple rounds hitting the subject.

The wounded subject barricaded herself in the vehicle before the WSP SWAT team arrived and eventually took her into custody and the team medic treated her for her injuries. The subject was transported to a local hospital where she is expected to survive.

WSP reported that Benton and Franklin counties will investigate the officer-involved shooting.

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin reported that a probable cause report filed in Walla Walla County Superior Court on Monday stated that Dixie resident Cheyanne S. Weems, 29, was arrrested in connection with the theft of a white Prisu and obstruction.

Sheriff Mark Crider confirmed with The Times that Weems was arrested, appeared in court Monday and was released on her own recognizance.

In the report, Weems is said to have named Amada M. Warren as the car's driver.

"Amanda is still hospitalized and has not been arrested at this time by WWSO," Sheriff Crider told The Times on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information that can aid in the investigation should call the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 527-3265.


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