Man suspected of shooting at Mason County deputy during chase arrested in Portland

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Joshua Baker, upon his arrest in Portland on Monday, April 4, 2016. (Photo: Washington Department of Corrections' Southwest Community Response Unit)

SHELTON, Wash. — The Mason County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that a man suspected of  leading police on a wild, high-speed chase and shooting at a deputy near Shelton has been taken into custody.

The state Department of Corrections’ Southwest Community Response Unit and the U.S. Marshals in Washington and Oregon along with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua Baker, 27, in Portland Monday.

There was brief foot pursuit before he was caught. Officers say they found several guns in his vehicle. They also arrested his uncle on a felony warrant out of Florida.

Mason County sheriff’s deputies have been looking for Baker after they say he took off when an officer tried to pull him over around 11 p.m. March 31 on State Route 3.

Speeds hit 100 mph and the driver began shooting at the pursuing Mason County sheriff’s deputy, authorities said. The deputy was not hurt.

The chase came to an end on E. Johns Prairie Road near SR 3 when the driver and passenger jumped out and fled on foot. Officials say the deputy fired at the armed suspect. They do not believe anyone was injured.

Authorities said after a thorough search, they did not find either Baker or a woman who was also in the car.

Baker has two felony warrants for escape from DOC community custody and possession of a stolen firearm.

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