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Update #2: Details relating to charges on shooter: Cowlitz Sheriff investigates accidental shooting involving 13 year old. - 10/17/17

Update #2: Tuesday October 17th. The formal decision to charge the shooter, or not rest with the Prosecuting Attorney. This will occur after our investigation is complete and has been forwarded to them. We cannot estimate when the investigation will conclude as this is affected by factors that are outside our control.

Deputies who responded to the scene obtained brief statements from the boy who did the shooting. We are hoping for cooperation from the family to be allowed to interview the boy again very soon so we can learn more details about this event.

There have been false news reports (notice I did not say fake news) that the victim was shot in the back - this is not true. Media sources who have stated this are not reporting true or accurate information. I am not going to describe the nature of the shooting in any further detail other than to say that the victim was shot with a shotgun.

Because the case is not complete we are not going to release the file yet publically - this is standard. Once it is complete, I will send a note out on FlashNews that it is available.

While I understand the interest in firearm, we are not going go in to details about the location of the firearm, ownership, or answer other details surround the firearm.

I appreciate your patience. As always, I am available for questions or clarifications. But that will not include adding additional details about the case.

....and not we are not releasing any photos......




Kelso, Wash- The Cowlitz Coroner has released the name of the shooting victim as Edgar Vazquez. He was 13. He lived in Kelso. We are not releasing the name of the shooter at this time. The shooting occurred in the 1500 block of Carroll Road, Kelso. It is the home where the boy who did the shooting lived. The victim spent the night at the house.


Kelso, Wash - 10-14-17. Shortly before noon today a 13 year old Kelso boy called 911 and reported that he just accidentally shot his friend. Deputies and Aid Crews responded but they were not able to save the boy. He died at the scene.

There were no adults at the home at the time of the shooting. The boy was very distraught and detectives are hoping to be able to interview the boy to obtain more details surrounding the shooting. The young boy said it was an accident and that he thought the gun was unloaded. The shooter and the victim had been friends for quite some time.

We are not releasing further details about the investigation until the detectives have had a chance to interview the boy which they hope to be able to do in the near future.

Questions relating to the ID of the victim should be referred to the Cowlitz County Coroner.

The family of the victim have been notified.

Suspect Vehicle
Suspect Vehicle
Update #3. Cowlitz Sheriff releases video of last weeks pursuit on I-5. (Photo) - 10/10/17

Update #3. Here is the link of Deputy Enbody's dash camera video of the pursuit.

If the link does not work. Please search for "Cowlitz Sheriff" on YouTube.


Update #2. I will be available (hopefully) at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice at 7:30 p.m. (for sure before 8pm). Address 312 SW 1st Ave. Kelso Washington.
CCD Rosenzweig

Update #1: Due to difficulties with our video software we are unable to download copies of the video to our You Tube Channel. We hope to overcome this but it probably will not be until next week. We apologize for the delay.

Cowlitz County, Wash

Cowlitz 911 received a report yesterday afternoon that a retired military man with PTSD had threatened to commit a "Las Vegas" style shooting, and was being pursued by law enforcement south on I5. This was late afternoon, about 4:00 p.m.

The case began when he was approached by MP on JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McCord) he fled the base, almost hitting a MP (The MP was not injured). JBLM Police pursued the suspect south on I5. WSP got behind the suspect vehicle, a Red Mazda, and took over the pursuit. The suspect continued at a high rate of speed southbound. WSP troopers discontinued their pursuit at the Cowlitz/Lewis County Line at mile post 57.

Castle Rock Police spotted the Mazda "6" at a high rate of speed (over 100 mph) near MP 49. The suspect vehicle collided with a semi truck at MP 58. That truck driver was not injured. The extent of damage to that truck is not known. Castle Rock Police continued the pursuit southbound.

Cowlitz Deputy Geary Enbody saw the car at MP 42. As Deputy Enbody entered the freeway the suspect rapidly swerved from the "fast" lane over the middle lane to the slow lane in an obvious attempt to crash in to Deputy Enbody's patrol car. Deputy Enbody was able to brake hard and serve toward the guardrail to avoid being hit. The suspect rapidly sped to over 100 mph southbound. As other deputies joined to help, Castle Rock dropped out of the pursuit.
At one point in the pursuit the suspect rapidly swerved at other vehicles trying to cause them to crash. At one point the driver swerved over all 3 lanes to get in front of a truck pulling a horse trailer and slammed on the brakes -- causing the truck and horse trailer to slam on their brakes. This was an extremely dangerous event and fortunately that truck driver narrowly avoided crashing. The suspect did this to another driver also.

The suspect continued southbound and erratically slowed down to 45 mph swerving over all 3 lanes and alternately sped up to over 100 mph on several occasions. The suspect was also passing people on the shoulder of the freeway.

At about MP 33 the suspect attempted to pass a car driven by Caitlyn Roettger on the left hand shoulder and collided with Ms. Roettger's vehicle. At this point, the suspect lost control of his car and it spun off I5 and landed up against the BNSF railroad track base (not on the tracks). The suspect exited the car and was taken into custody. He received a minor cut on his head and was taken to the hospital for treatment and was released and booked in to the jail.

Ms. Roettger received a cut on her head but did not require medical attention. Ms. Roettger's car sustained significant damage and was towed.

The suspect:

Christopher James Bleavins, 35 yrs. Lakewood resident - Retired Military.

Booked for:
1) Assault 1st degree (attempting to crash in to Deputy Enbody's car.)
2) Eluding Police
3) 2 counts of Hit and Run.
4) Reckless Endangerment (attempting to cause many other accidents).
No Bail. Contact Cowlitz County Superior Court for questions regarding court appearances.

Media: (Answers to standard questions we expect you will ask)
We do not know any details about Mr. Bleavins' Military service.
Mr. Bleavins was not armed. We have not verified if he has or does not have "access" to firearms.

We do not know -- yet -- what Mr. Bleavins' criminal history is. We will not release those details unless they are specifically related to this event.

We do not have any more details about Mr. Bleavins' medical or mental health related issues. We do not know his marital status, or of any family contacts.

We appreciate your patience; please do no call asking if we have the video yet. We will be releasing dashcam video as soon as possible. It will probably be posted on our Sheriff's Office YouTube channel later today. We will send out a release on when it has been posted.

There is a picture of the suspect vehicle attached to this release.

Also, we ask for your understanding that we do not have staff time to contact Ms. Roettger, or the semi-truck driver, to see if they would be willing to be interviewed by the media. Our report should be submitted by early next week and available through standard public disclosure request protocol. You can contact the Cowlitz County Law Enforcement Records at 360-577-3095, or make the request online.

I will be available for other questions (not previously answered) on my cell phone at 360-751-8103. CCD Charlie Rosenzweig.

Attached Media Files: Suspect Vehicle
Theft suspect
Theft suspect
Cowlitz Sheriff releases pic of church theft suspect (Photo) - 10/09/17

Lexington Washington.

On Sunday, October 1, just before midnight, a suspect was captured on surveillance camera stealing a propane tank from the Mountain View Baptist Church at 232 Lexington Ave, Kelso. The propane was outside of the church building when it was taken. Nothing else is known to be missing/stolen.

The suspect arrived in the vehicle shown in this photograph, possibly a Honda.

We do not have any other description of the suspect, or the car, other than what is seen in the photograph.

If you have any information about the suspect or vehicle, please contact Sergeant Troy Brightbill at 360-577-3092. ATTN: Case A17-3084.

Calles who wish to remain anonymous can text a tip using their smart phone and the TIP411 App. Make the tip to the attention of the Cowlitz County Sheriff Office.

Attached Media Files: Theft suspect
Shweta Kohli
Shweta Kohli
Update#1: Cowlitz Sheriff detectives bring Husband and Wife to Cowlitz from Las Vegas to face charges for Fraud (Photo) - 09/25/17

Update #1 9-25-17: Cowlitz Sheriff Detectives went to Las Vegas last Thursday and brought back Neeraj Kohli, (39yrs) and his wife, Shweta Kohli, (36yrs) to face charges for defrauding victims of over $400,000.

Their booking photos, taken in Las Vegas are attached.

Previous media releases, with details of the case, are below -------------------------------

Please see the attached media release where Cowlitz Sheriff detectives solved a large scale fraud scheme that led to the arrest of a husband and wife team in Las Vegas. The suspects had been defrauding people all over the USA out of over $400,000 over the course of a year. It is believed the couple are in the USA illegally.

Attached Media Files: Original release , Shweta Kohli , Neeraj Kohli
Arrest in theft from Kalama Fire Station: Cowlitz Sheriff Update #2. - 09/25/17

Update: #2 9-25-17

Cowlitz Sheriff's Office arrested Rian Tyler Struckman for the burglary and theft of a Kalama Fire Pickup Truck on Saturday.

Struckman, 39 years of age, who list his address as "Transient" was booked in to the Cowlitz Jail for:

Burglary, Trafficking of Stolen Property, Theft of a motor vehicle, and Driving While License Suspended. He has no bail.

Struckman was a temporary (seasonal) fire fighter with the Kalama Fire Department. Struckman began to be the focus of the investigation after a man contacted the Sheriff's Office reporting that he had given Struckman a ride to the Kalama Fire Station. He had been contacted on the smartphone app "Ride Share" and did not know Struckman prior to giving him a ride.

The person (who is not being identified) reports that Struckman gave the man a laptop from the fire station - thanking him for giving him (Struckman) a ride. After the man saw the story in the news, he feared the laptop was stolen and brought it to the Sheriff's Office. The Kalama Fire Department confirmed the laptop had been stolen from them. The man is cooperating with the investigation and is not being charged.

Detective Gladson was also able to ID other people who had been seen in the stolen jeep and further charges for them are being pursued. These suspects are not being identified at this time.

Questions regarding Struckman's employment are being referred to the Kalama Fire Department.

There is a very large 55" digital touch screen TV that was stolen that has not been recovered. Anyone with any knowledge of this is encouraged to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 360) 577-3092. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can provide a tip using their smart phone and the TIP411 APP. Make the tip attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

Prior releases below --------------------------------------------------------

Update #1: The Jeep that was stolen during the burglary from the Kalama Fire Station last week was recovered in the Portland area yesterday afternoon. It does not appear to have been damaged. It was unoccupied when it was located.

The case in still a very active investigation and the tips from the public have been very helpful. There is a person of interest in the case and while we are not going to state details, detective have solid leads that they are pursuing.

More information will be released as the case unfolds.

Kalama Fire Chief Vic Leatzow asked to share his appreciation for the outpouring of support his agency has received from the public.

The Sheriff's Office asked that people continue to use the TIP411 smart phone app. This allows for people to remain anonymous if the choose.

CCD Charlie Rosenzweig

Original release listed below --------------------------

Kalama, Wash - The Cowlitz Sheriff is investigating a burglary that occurred last night at the fire station on Todd Road in Kalama, Washington. There was a fire department owned pickup truck that was stolen, that has been recovered in Gresham Oregon. There is no sign of forced entry to the fire station.

There was also a black Jeep YJ wrangler that was personally owned by a firefighter that was stolen from within the fire station buildings and it has not been recovered. Washington license BGP9355.

Also missing is a 55" digital touch screen TV stolen from the fire station that has not been recovered. (unknown brand).

Deputy Justin Taylor is on scene in Greshman with the fire chief from Kalama taking possession of the recovered stolen fire pickup truck. It was found in a residential neighborhood in Gresham.

There is a person of interest in the case but we are not identifying or discussing any details him/her at this time, or why we are interested in him/her.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking the media's help by advising people to use the TIP411 smart phone app.

Media may call CCD Charlie Rosenzweig cell until 10:30 p.m. tonight or after 8:30 a.m. Friday. cell phone 360-751-8103.