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Pursuit stopped on I5 - 02/05/16
This Friday afternoon the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office assisted the Washington State Patrol and other agencies in helping to successfully stop a high speed pursuit that originated in Oregon. Three subjects were taken into custody. There were no injuries to the subjects or law enforcement personnel. Presently I5 northbound traffic is being diverted off I5 onto Old Pacific Highway at Kalama River Road. Media inquiries should be directed to the Washington State Patrol or the Gresham, Oregon Police Department.
Drug Task Force makes Woodland arrest - 02/05/16
On Thursday 02-04-2016 agents of the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force in a joint investigation with Woodland Police arrested 58 year old Jeffrey Reinke of Woodland WA for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine). There are more arrests expected from additional investigations between CWNTF and the Woodland Police Department.
Free Boating Education Class - 02/02/16
Need your boaters card? The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will be hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next class will be on Saturday, March 19th. The class is from 8am-3:30pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. Cost for the class is FREE.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer by email at . The deadline to register is Wed, March 16th. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out
2016 citizen academy to be held - 01/27/16
The Kelso & Longview Police Departments and Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office are currently accepting applications for the annual Citizens Police Academy. The goal of the Academy is to provide useful information to citizens about law enforcement within our community. Instruction will be provided on Patrol, SWAT, Drugs, Use of Force, Street Crimes, K-9 and much more. The academy will offer tours of the Cowlitz County Jail, 911 dispatch center and students will be allowed to participate in a 3 hour police ride-a-long.

Classes are held every Wednesday evening for 10 weeks (6-9pm). Classes start Feb 17th and will convene with graduation on April 20th. Anyone who lives or works in Cowlitz County may apply and must pass a background check. There is no cost to attendees.

Applications are available at the Kelso & Longview Police Departments and the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. Applications are also available on each agencies website.

Class space is limited to the first 30 eligible participants. Applications must be submitted no later than February 10th 2016.
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Update #2: Dashcam available by 1pm: Cowlitz Sheriff arrest man and woman for home invason and carjacking: Male also wanted for Murder (Photo) - 01/25/16
Updated Monday Jan 25th 11:00 a.m. - The DVD of the dashcam video will be available to the media by 1pm today. You will have to come to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to pick it up.

Updated Jan 25th 10:00 a.m.

Matthew Reyes DOB appears to be in 1989 (not 1980 as is listed in some of the documents we received yesterday) making him be 26 years of age.

Reyes and Dean are expected to appear on the 1:00 p.m. Docket in Cowlitz County Superior Court later today.

The victims of the home invasion are: Keith Jackson and his wife Margaret Jackson, their daughter Luci Haning. Keith Jackson received injuries when Reyes struck him in the face with a pistol. (We found an airsoft pistol in the car later and this is believed to be the one used during the robbery).

The victim to the car jacking is Joshua Turnbull of 171 Bristlecone Rd Ariel ( We also ask that the media NOT release Mr. Turnbull's exact address publically).

We are not releasing their phone numbers and we will not be able to contact them to ask them if they would be willing to talk with the media.

A photo of the stolen car that was driven during the pursuit is being released. The damage that you see was NOT result of the P.I.T. but rather the suspect running in to and along the guardrail during the pursuit. The car also had some damage to the front of the vehicle prior to the pursuit.

Local Charges on Reyes are:
Robbery 1st degree, (2CTS)
Kidnapping 1st degree
Burglary 1st degree
Assault 3rd degree
Attempting to Elude
fugitive from Justice (Local charge relating to the murder warrant).

Local Charges on Dean are:

Robbery 1st degree
Theft of a motor vehicle 2 cts.
Burglary 1st degree

We will be working on releasing the patrol car dashcam video. If we have success in being able to download and release that video we will send out a follow up release on Flash News to let everyone know when and how it will be available. Please do not call just to ask if it is ready yet. Thank you.


Previous release listed below.............................................................


On 1-24-2016 Cowlitz Sheriff's Office received a report from a resident in the 16000 block of Lewis River Road (Just outside of Cougar, Wa) that a man and woman had just broke in to their house and assaulted them. The victim's injuries (of the home invasion) were not life threatening.

While Deputies were in route, another call came to 911 in by a man in the area who reported that a man and woman had stolen his vehicle at gun point. Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies, Woodland Police, Washington State Patrol and Clark County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area. Upon arriving to the house, Cowlitz Deputies learned that the carjacking victim's vehicle was abandoned nearby and that the resident's Red Nissan missing. Woodland Officer Derek Kelley, who was in the area, spotted the red Nissan a few miles west of Cougar, westbound on SR # 503. Officer Kelley, WSP trooper March, and Cowlitz Deputy Danny O'Neill were nearby and pursued the vehicle westbound. The red Nissan was being driving by a man and there was also a female passenger. The vehicle continued westbound refusing to stop. Deputy O'Neill who is trained in "P.I.T." (Pursuit Immobilization Technique) used this maneuver to stop the suspect vehicle. The location was on Dike Road about 1 mile south of the Walmart in Woodland, Wa. The male driver and female passenger were taken in to custody without further difficulties. No one (deputies or suspects, etc) were injured in the pursuit.
The suspects have been identified as:
1) Matthew D. Reyes, 36 years, (residence UNK)
2) Kareesa M. Dean, 31 years (city unk)
The decision on local charges is pending; it will be at least Robbery 1st (for the home invasion) as well as charges for the car jacking.
REYES, is also wanted for MURDER out of Klamath Falls, Oregon and will be booked on that charge as well.
Due to the fact that this case just happened hours ago, further information is not available. No further information will be available until after 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Media questions can be emailed to CCD Rosenzweig.
Attached Media Files: Cowlitz County Sheriff
UPDATE#2: Cowlitz County Sheriff Nelson provides update on Officer Involved Shooting - 01/11/16
Kelso, Wash - Update #2 Monday 4pm -

Kelso, WA --

Saturday evening at approximately 9:30 p.m., Longview Police received a report of a collision where a mini-van had struck a utility pole. Officers spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle attempted to strike the officers and took off, with LPD following and attempting to stop the vehicle. A county deputy fell in behind to assist.

The suspect vehicle headed east on Tennant Way, reportedly driving without headlights, when Longview PD discontinued the pursuit. Two deputies and a Kelso Police officer (Who had responded to assist) continued to follow the vehicle south on the Old Highway and then onto Rose Valley Road. While the deputies were following the vehicle, they were told that the driver was wanted by LPD for Attempting to Elude and Attempted Assault with a Vehicle.

The vehicle stopped when it got to approximately the 8900 block of Rose Valley road. During an assaultive confrontation with the officers where the suspect was armed with a chainsaw, TASERs were initially deployed; the subject was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

"This was clearly a highly volatile encounter." said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. "These officers were faced with a true life-or-death situation. We look forward to the Clark County Major Crimes Team report, but by all indications, the suspect put the deputies and officer into a deadly force situation."

We are greatly appreciative of our partnership with Kelso Police and their involvement and support throughout this entire incident, also to the Clark County Major Crimes Team for their assistance and expertise.

(the above update was co-authored by Cowlitz Sheriff Nelson and Kelso Police Chief Andy Hamilton.)

UPDATE: Sunday Jan 10th 4:00 p.m.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and the Kelso Police Department are releasing the names of the Deputies and Officer who were involved in yesterday shooting:

1) Deputy Brent Harris is a 25 year veteran with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Harris was not injured in the incident. Deputy Harris is also a K-9 handler and his K9 "Fritz" who has been in service for over 7 years was with Deputy Harris during the event and did received two minor wounds in the event. The K9 was treated and is doing fine, and is expected to make a full recovery.

2) Deputy Alexis Tonissen has been with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office for one year, and was a Trooper with the Washington State Patrol for 8 years prior to joining the Sheriff's Office. Deputy Tonissen was not injured during the event.

3) Kelso Police Officer Darrel Stair is a senior patrolman with 27 years of service to the department. Officer Stair is also an Officer In Charge (O.I.C.) when there is not a supervisor on the shift and was acting in that capacity during this shift. Officer Stair was not injured in the event.

All of the officers are on Administrative leave as is standard protocol when involved in an on duty shooting.

All other requests for information about this incident are being referred to Clark County Major Crimes Team. ....."

Previous release below ------------------------

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office reports that two deputy sheriffs and one Kelso Police officer have been involved in the shooting of a suspect who threatened them with a chainsaw. This happened in the 8900 block of Rose Valley Road, about 20 miles east of Kelso. The deputies and Kelso officer were not injured. The case is being investigated by the Clark County Major Crimes Team, as is standard protocol; all media question are being referred to them.