A 32-year-old Montesano man was arrested Saturday afternoon for burglary 1st degree, possession of an explosive device, assault 2nd degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Undersheriff Brad Johansson said in a press release that county sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on County Farm Rd in Montesano. Prior to their arrival, the suspect fled the scene and was last seen running towards the Wynoochee River.
Members of the Montesano Police Department and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded and contained the area. Deputy Gay and K9 Max began a track of the suspect who was untimely located in the Wynoochee River.
For the safety of the suspect and the responding officers, Washington Department of Fish and wildlife officers launched their boat in an effort to assist in locating the suspect.
The suspect was located by K9 Max in the Wynoochee River, and while attempting to apprehend the suspect, Johansson said the suspect pointed a gun at K9 Max. During a search of the suspect’s backpack after his arrest deputies located a suspected explosive device. The Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called to the scene to properly dispose of the device.