US Marshals nab accused gun store burglar

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Federal law enforcement agents have nabbed the man suspected of stealing more than a dozen guns from a Kitsap County gun store earlier this month.

ATF agents and US Marshals had been searching for Patrick Nelson Jr. since the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office named him the prime suspect in an April 9 robbery in Gorst. Police say Nelson, 40, stole 14 handguns from Boerner Firearms and has been on the run ever since.

Nelson is a convicted felon who was released from prison in February and was under supervision by the Washington State Department of Corrections. He has eight convictions on charges related to illegal drugs, eluding police, assault and theft.

On Monday afternoon, Marshals located Nelson and his girlfriend in the parking lot of Forest Ridge Park in Bremerton, according to Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. When confronted, Stachan said the pair tried to get away and the girlfriend crashed her car into the Marshals' vehicle.

One of the Marshals opened fire at the car, but nobody was hit. Both Nelson and the woman -- who has not been identified -- were injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Both will be arrested and booked into jail when they are released.

"(These are) very dangerous people, desperate people. The severity of this crash, I think, points to that. I really credit the US Marshals for taking these two down, because they could have hurt somebody else as well," Strachan said.

A US Marshal was also injured in the crash and taken to a hospital for treatment, though he is expected to be fine.