Chase begins in Seaside, ends with death of fugitive

Andrew Garrette Dehart

Authorities say a man wanted on attempted murder charges fired at pursuing officers before he was shot and killed by police to end a 40-mile chase on Highway 26 in the Coast Range.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Andrew Dehart was taken to a hospital late Wednesday and was pronounced dead. The highway east of Oregon 47 was closed through the night.

The sheriff’s office said Dehart was wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping and assault charges in Clark County, Washington.

U.S. Marshals found him at a friend’s home in Seaside, but he fled as the marshals waited for backup to arrive.

Authorities say Dehart shot at police cars, disabling one of them, and continued shooting until he reached a tunnel.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray says three officers got out of their at the east end of the tunnel. They fired at Dehart and his truck came to a stop.

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