Stolen van rams Castle Rock patrol car, officer badly hurt

Crime

The officer fired off several shots, striking the van

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Shots were fired and an officer was injured after his patrol vehicle was rammed twice by a stolen van in Cowlitz County.

Just before midnight on Sunday, a Castle Rock police officer was attempting to stop the stolen vehicle near Toutle, Washington. The driver of the van then reportedly rammed the patrol car twice and the officer fired off gunshots.

The van was struck but its occupants fled on foot, unharmed. However, the officer suffered serious injuries. The officer was rushed to a hospital for treatment of a spinal fracture. The Castle Rock patrol car was severely damaged and has been removed from service.

The driver and passenger from the van were located once the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and several police agencies responded to the scene.

The two suspects, identified as 40-year-old Dale Woodley Jr. and 33-year-old Timothy Bean, were arrested and now face charges including assault, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, malicious mischief, criminal trespass and attempted theft.

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