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Gang-Related Shooting Incidents Under Investigation In Grant County

Grant County Press Release:

MATTAWA, Wash. - Grant County Sheriff's Deputies today are investigating a series of Saturday night gang-involved shooting incidents near Mattawa which left one person injured.

The series of incidents started around 11:50 p.m. Nov. 11 when deputies responded to several reports of shots fired near 201 Pear Place South in Desert Aire, about five miles south of Mattawa.

While deputies were checking the Desert Aire area, several reports of shots fired were received from the 18000 block of Second Ave Southwest in Beverly, a small community along the Columbia River about five miles north of Mattawa. Deputies enroute to Beverly saw a vehicle speeding away and they stopped that car. The driver of that car, Juan Tapia, age 26 of Yakima, was wanted on a warrant and tried to run from deputies. After a brief struggle, Tapia was arrested for the warrant, and charges of obstructing a law enforcement officer. A search incidental to this arrest uncovered Tapia was in possession of several different drugs, and he was subsequently charged with possession of 88-grams of methamphetamine, over 40-grams of marijuana, and possessing legend drugs without a prescription. He was booked into the Grant County Jail and his vehicle impounded pending a search warrant.

While deputies were completing the Beverly incident investigation, a gray 1999 Dodge Intrepid drove by, and the occupants of that car, believed to be gang members, made threatening gestures towards the deputies. Deputies stopped the Intrepid and discovered one of the occupants, a 27-year-old Ruben Lucio of Mattawa, was wounded in the head, back and legs by gunshots, likely shotgun pellets. That shooting apparently had just happened since the wounds were fresh.  It was reported the shooters were driving a green Honda Accord. Lucio was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. The Intrepid was seized for a search warrant.

While deputies were dealing with the incident involving Lucio, an officer with the Mattawa Police Department stopped a 1993 green Honda Accord Coupe, which had been following the Intrepid. The occupants of that car fled on foot carrying firearms. It is believed that Accord and possibly its occupants are connected to the shooting of Lucio and also a drive-by shooting Thursday Nov. 10 in Desert Aire which injured two people. The Accord was seized as well and held for search warrant.

At this time we are not sure if the arrest of Juan Tapia is connected to the shooting of the Ruben Lucio.  

Anyone with information on any of these incidents should call 509-762-1160 or send an email to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us <mailto:crimetips@co.grant.wa.us> . Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Press Release By Kyle Foreman

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