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13-year-old arrested after shootout with Grant County cops

A 13-year-old boy was arrested after exchanging gunfire with two Grant County sheriff's deputies, officials said.

No one was hurt, but the patrol cars were hit, sheriff's officials said.

The shootout occurred Wednesday after deputies were called to the teen's home in the 20000 block of North Frontage Road Northeast, which is about 10 miles east of Moses Lake.

The boy's mother said the teen was throwing rocks at her vehicle and she needed help from law enforcement.

When deputies arrived, the teen was armed with a .22-caliber rifle and began shooting at them, officials said. Deputies were able to avoid being hit by several rounds, but their cars were struck, officials said.

Deputies exchanged shots with the teen, then arrested the boy after he eventually complied with commands and stopped firing his weapon, officials said.

The teen was taken into custody at gunpoint.

The deputies, who aren't being named until the investigation is completed, have been put on paid administrative leave.

The Columbia Basin Investigative Team is leading the officer-involved shooting investigation.

18-year-old held in toddler's death

A 2-year-old Sunnyside boy is dead and an 18-year-old man has been arrested for second-degree murder, police said.

An autopsy Thursday morning determined the boy died from blunt force trauma caused by multiple blows to the torso, said Sunnyside police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said the boy, Benjamin Miron, already was dead when his mother's boyfriend took him to the hospital, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

Benjamin had an acute laceration of his small intestine and abdominal hemorrhage, Hawkins told the paper, adding that the injuries were consistent with being "struck very hard" or possibly punched.

Juan Balverde Lopez is being held in the Sunnyside city jail and is expected to be transferred to the Yakima County jail today.

Balverde Lopez lived with the toddler and his mother in a home in the 1100 block of Decatur Avenue, Hinderlider said.

The boy was injured sometime overnight Tuesday when Balverde Lopez apparently became agitated with him, Hinderlider said.

Sunnyside police were called to Toppenish Community Hospital just before noon Wednesday after the boy was taken to the hospital, she said.

The boy's mother was being treated at the hospital for unrelated issues, she said.

Toppenish police determined the incident occurred in Sunnyside and Sunnyside police and detectives began a homicide investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sunnyside police detectives at 509-836-6200.

Teen caught by copter after high-speed chase

A 15-year-old Grant County boy who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit tried to hide in tall grass and brush but was spotted by a drug agent in a reconnaissance helicopter, officials said.

Grant County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Jones tried to stop the boy Wednesday near Quincy after clocking his motorcycle going 30 mph above the posted 50 mph speed limit, officials said.

The teen didn't stop and led officers down many rural Grant County roads with speeds that reached 120 mph.

At some point, the teen dumped his motorcycle in a field with tall grass and brush but he was spotted by an agent in a Drug Enforcement Administration helicopter, which has been working in Eastern Washington for the past several weeks.

The teen was booked into the juvenile detention center for eluding a police officer.

Kennewick sex offender sought for not registering

Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for a sex offender wanted for failing to register.

Gy Alan Campbell, 44, is 5-foot-6, 195 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a bulldog on his upper left arm and Harley wings on his upper right arm.

Campbell, who also uses the name Guy Campbell, was last known to be living in Kennewick and Richland.

He's wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

Campbell was convicted in 1991 of third-degree rape of a child and 1996 of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Campbell, a Level 2 sex offender, left the state and lived in Utah for several years. He was released from prison in Utah in 2009 and has not registered his address with police as required, authorities said.

For the past several months, Campbell has been staying with relatives in Kennewick and Richland, but has not told the Benton County Sheriff's Office where he is living.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.

Anyone with information about Campbell's whereabouts is asked to call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

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