A reported drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon led to a police pursuit and several accidents before three suspects were captured by police near 40th and Englewood avenues in Yakima.

Yakima police apprehended three suspects after their vehicle crashed at the intersection and they fled on foot, YPD public information officer Yvette Inzunza reported.

The incident began at 1:52 p.m. when officers responded to calls of shots fired at Sarg Hubbard Park, Inzunza reported.

“There was an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles. Patrol officers located the suspect vehicle SUV,” she reported in an email to the Herald-Republic.

“The suspect vehicle failed to stop for police, eluded and a pursuit ensued,” Inzunza added, with the pursuit traveling through Naches and then back into Yakima.

The suspects’ SUV was seen at the 40th and Summitview avenues intersection, and two minutes later a two-vehicle crash occurred at 40th and Richey Road, just north of Lincoln Avenue, Inzunza reported.

Shortly after that, the suspect vehicle was involved in a three-vehicle crash at 40th and Englewood, disabling the suspects’ SUV, police said.

At that point the suspects fled on foot, with the driver and two passengers apprehended in the area by SWAT team members and police officers, Inzunza reported. The suspects sustained non life-threatening injuries in the collisions, she added.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of drive-by shooting, eluding, two counts of vehicular assault and two felony counts of hit-and-run, Inzunza said. The passengers were arrested on suspicion of drive-by shooting.

Information on other drivers and passengers involved in the two accidents was not available as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

The incident remained under investigation, with 40th Avenue from Lincoln to Kern Road expected to be closed into Sunday evening. Police were asking motorists to avoid the area.


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