VANCOUVER, Wash. — A lengthy car chase erupted into gunfire on interstates in Portland, Oregon, and ended with the arrest of another suspect in the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk in Kelso, authorities say.
Police in Kelso said 23-year-old Erkinson K. Bossy was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday following a pursuit from Vancouver, Washington, into Portland.
The Columbian reports Vancouver police pursuing the fleeing pickup exchanged gunfire with at least one suspect and an officer was being treated for minor injuries at an area hospital.
Bossy was being treated at a hospital for serious injuries sustained in the incident. Police say he did not have gunshot wounds.
A second person in the pickup was also taken into custody. He was not identified.
Investigators say Bossy was the getaway driver for D'Anthony Leslie Williams, 19, when he allegedly shot and killed 30-year-old Kayla Chapman, a clerk at a Kelso market, on Jan. 22. Williams was arrested the next day. Bossy has a criminal history, including convictions of possession of stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to Kelso police, earlier on Tuesday, at around 3 p.m., police also arrested a third suspect connected to the killing of Kayla Chapman. Police identified him as 21-year-old Nenemeny W. Ekiek.
Then at about 7:30 p.m., Kelso police said Vancouver officers spotted Bossy, but when they tried to pull him over, they said he sped off, leading police on a chase and into Oregon. Jones said Vancouver police chased the suspects, who were in a black truck, southbound on Interstate 205 and then onto westbound Interstate 84.
The arrests of Bossy and Ekiek Tuesday were in addition to the arrest of Williams last month.
Police said the three suspects are all connected to the killing of Chapman, 30, during a robbery at the Holt’s Quik Check at 400 Cowlitz Way on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
According to Kelso police, Ekiek was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder. Police said he was the passenger in a vehicle at the time of the robbery and killing of Chapman.
Kelso police said they will seek to have Bossy extradited from Oregon.
Shannon Getman, who lives not far from the I-84 scene, witnessed the arrest of Bossy.
She ran over after hearing a loud crash and police on loudspeakers. She recorded video on her phone that showed one suspect lying on the ground. She said officers were giving him commands, but she said it was clear he couldn't move.
"That was probably the most disturbing part," Getman said. "He was screaming out of pain as they were cuffing him and getting him over to the side and stuff. After that they tried to get the other guy to come out. They busted out windows with nonlethal beanbags or something."
Another part of her video showed the other man in the vehicle cooperating with police. He was seen walking backward toward the officers. Getman said they brought a K-9 out to look around the car for other suspects.
Watch Shannon Getman describe what she saw as well as her video: