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Police: Lakewood man threatens 'Las Vegas-style shooting,' arrested after pursuit

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COWLITZ COUNTY, Wash. -

A 35-year-old Lakewood man was taken into custody after being pursued by law enforcement down I-5.

According the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement received a report Wednesday afternoon that a retired military man with PTSD, identified as Christopher James Bleavins, had threatened to commit ‘a Las Vegas-style shooting.’

Bleavins was approached by police on Joint Base Lewis McCord and immediately took off. Police say they pursued Bleavins on I-5 until he reached dangerously high speeds.

Driving over 100 miles per hour, law enforcement says that Bleavins collided with a semi truck at mile point 58. 

Police say the driver of the semi wasn’t injured. 

Bleavins continued to run, crashing into another car and losing control. Police say he then spun off I-5, landing against the BNSF railroad track base, where he got out of the car and was taken into custody. 

Police say Bleavins was not armed but couldn’t yet say whether he had access to firearms.  

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