High-speed I-84 chase, shots fired: Homicide suspect caught

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Grayson Morris wanted in Washington state

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A homicide suspect from Washington state was taken into custody after a high-speed chase along westbound I-84 ended with a carjacking and shots fired near Troutdale.

The chase involving the Oregon State Police and other agencies began around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, ending near milepost 18. According to Adams County Sheriff’s Department, the driver who led the chase, Grayson Morris, is a suspect in a homicide that occurred at 6:30 a.m. in Ritzville, Washington.

Grayson Morris. (Courtesy: Adams County Sheriff’s Department)

Morris shot at troopers while he was driving and also stopped several times during the pursuit to exchange gunfire with OSP troopers, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said he stopped near Rooster Rock State Park to carjack a vehicle.

Officers stopped the vehicle eight miles west of the park using spikes and a PIT maneuver. The vehicle stopped in a field and Morris was safely taken into custody, deputies said. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being booked into jail on charges of four counts of attempted murder, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 1st-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and attempt to elude.

The heavy police presence closed all lanes of I-84 until around 2:45 p.m. when the eastbound lanes reopened. All westbound lanes reopened around 8:30 p.m. after authorities processed multiple crime scenes.

The East County Major Crimes Team is leading the investigation. The troopers who fired shots were placed on standard administrative leave.

Police activity closed I-84 near Troutdale, May 14, 2020 (KOIN)

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