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The suspects are believed to be involved in three early Sunday shootings before being caught.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF KELSO - A Kelso Police Department vehicle.Four men suspected of being involved in a series of drive-by shootings were arrested after leading Southwest Washington law enforcement authorities on a chase into Oregon early Sunday morning.

The names of the suspects were not immediately released.

According to the Kelso Police Department, the car the men were driving matched the description of a car spotted leaving three separate drive-by shootings in the Kelso-Longview area. All three shootings happened within about an hour of each other, between 1:13 a.m. and 2:13 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.

When Kelso police responded to the first shooting near the corner of Cedar Street and South 9th Avenue, a light-colored four-door sedan was seen leaving the area. Officers found evidence of gunfire and a nearby home was damaged, police said.

Officer responded to the second shooting near Long Avenue and West Cowlitz Way at 1:53 a.m. after receiving a report of shots fired and two cars speeding away from the scene. Officers also found evidence of gunfire there, and police later found the second car with bullet holes in it

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the third shooting after receiving reports of shots being fired at an occupied home in the 4100 block of Ocean Beach Highway. Police said a light-colored car was seen fleeing from this area, too.

CCSO deputies and Longview police then found who they believed to be the suspect driving the same car, police said, and they tried to pull the driver over. The driver took off and tried to lose the police by speeding across the Lewis & Clark Bridge into Oregon before going the wrong way down Highway 30.

The deputy in pursuit then stopped the car with a PIT, or pursuit intervention technique, and the men in the car were arrested.

Police said the driver and the passengers, all men between the ages of 18 to 20, were taken to the Columbia County Jail, but authorities did not immediately specify what and how many charges they faced.

No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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