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Chinook burglary ends in gunshots, car chase, arrest in Astoria

Natalie St. John

Published on October 30, 2017 11:49AM

Last changed on October 30, 2017 3:22PM

CHINOOK — Over the weekend, a fleeing burglar allegedly fired several shots when his victim gave chase.

On Saturday morning, three Pacific County deputies paced up and down the southbound side of U.S. Highway 101 in downtown Chinook. They moved slowly, squinting at the ground as they walked.

“The deputies were looking for casings and other evidence,” Lt. Jim Bergstrom explained on Oct. 30.

Bergstrom said the sheriff’s office could not provide much detail because the investigation is still active. However, he confirmed that late on Friday night or early on Saturday morning a business owner discovered a male suspect had broken into his property. When the alleged burglar attempted to drive off, hauling a trailer, the man jumped in his own vehicle and pursued him.

“At some point during the chase from Chinook to the bridge, several rounds were fired by the suspect, according to the victim,” Bergstrom said.

No people were injured during the chase, but the victim’s belongings did not fare so well.

“A lot of stolen items were falling out on the roadway,” Bergstrom said.

The alleged burglar went across the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Astoria officers stopped his vehicle and arrested him at the foot of the bridge. Bergstrom could not immediately provide the suspect’s name or details of the arrest.

Bergstrom said the victim was not able to recover some of the items that fell out of the trailer.

“There are still items missing,” Bergstrom said. “I think some fun-loving citizens decided, ‘I like this item.’”

This is an evolving story. The Chinook Observer will add more details as they become available.


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