On April16th at approximately 5:30 PM, the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from a man that stated that he was stranded with his canoe and stuck in the mud. The caller reported that he was in the Palix River. The caller further advised that he had been returning from a day trip on the Palix River when he encountered swift winds and a decreasing tide.
The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office patrol vessel was launched and deputies searched the Palix River until they located the stranded man. Due to receding tides, deputies were forced to deploy rope to the stranded man stuck in the mud. The rope was secured to the canoe with the man in it and pulled to the Sheriff’s vessel. The man was somewhat wet but in otherwise good condition. The man and his canoe were transported back to the nearest boat launch and dropped off.
This morning at about 6:00 am, the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from an alert citizen parked at the Seaview Beach access advising that he had just observed a man walking into the ocean fully clothed. The alert caller stated that he had tried to speak with the man about what his intentions were and the man kept walking into the ocean. A deputy from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and observed the fully clothed man in the ocean up to his chest. The deputy observed that the man was about 200 yards off shore.
Members of the South Pacific County Technical Rescue Team also responded and deployed a rescue swimmers and a personal water craft rescue vessel. The rescue swimmer was able to retrieve the man in the ocean safely and get him to shore. The man was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco for observation. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the alert citizens for calling and observing the subject in the ocean until help could arrive and the members of the South Pacific County Technical Rescue Team for their quick response.
Long Beach, WA – On April 7th, 2014 at 1150 am, the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call advising that a person had been shot in the Safe Haven trailer park located in the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue North in Long Beach. The call further advised that the person had been shot in the arm and leg region. The victim managed to leave the area and stated that several shots were still being fired.
Several officers and deputies responded to the scene. Once at the scene, officers began to look for the suspected shooter. In doing so, officers and deputies started to help evacuate the area as an active shooter was still at large. Officers and deputies located the suspect and he went into a trailer at the park. Dialogue was attempted with the suspected shooter. That proved unsuccessful. Officers and deputies noticed smoke that started to emerge from the trailer and through the roof from the inside.
The suspected shooter emerged from the front door of the trailer a short time later armed with a firearm. The suspect brandished the firearm and began to walk away from the trailer. A short distance later, the suspected shooter killed himself with the firearm. The trailer that the suspect was in became fully involved with flames and quickly was destroyed. Initial reports indicate that the victim and the shooter knew each other and both were believed to reside in the trailer park. The Long Beach Police Department is investigating the situation and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The Pacific County Fire Investigation Team is investigating the origin of the fire. Several law enforcement and emergency services agencies assisted with the incident.
OCEAN PARK, Wash. – An Ilwaco High School student may have perished overnight in an Ocean Park house fire. Pacific County Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us at about midnight last night, the Pacific County Communications Center received a report of a residence on fire in the 2200 block of 177th lane in the Ocean Park area of Pacific County. Pacific County Fire District One personnel were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, District One personnel began suppression of the fire and interviewed two people that had been inside the residence when the fire started. District One personnel discovered that an additional person may have still been inside the residence and was unaccounted for.
After further suppression of the scene, District One personnel located the remains of a human body inside the residence. Matlock said the remains were thought to be that of the student, pending positive identification from the Coroner’s Office.
The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Pacific County Fire District One are jointly investigating the scene and any evidence present to determine a cause and origin of the fire.