By Dee Camp
OKANOGAN - A local man is being treated for at least one gunshot wound after being shot by a sheriff's deputy Saturday morning, Nov. 10, in Dry Coulee just outside town.
Neil S. Mix, 27, and a female passenger were taken to Mid-Valley Hospital, Omak. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Sgt. Mike Worden said at the scene.
Police have not identified the woman. She is believed to be Emily Stokes, 25; she was listed in stable condition early Saturday afternoon in the hospital emergency room.
Undersheriff Joe Somday said Sgt. Tony Hawley apparently tried to stop MixÕs vehicle in town for speeding shortly after 9 a.m., but Mix took off.
The man "was someone we were looking for," Worden said.
Somday said Mix is wanted in connection with an Oct. 6 stabbing in which Jeremy Graves, 33, was injured.
After a brief pursuit on Conconully Street, Wood Hill Road and East Dry Coulee Road, MixÕs vehicle skidded off the gravel road, went over an embankment and overturned.
As Hawley approached the vehicle, Mix allegedly broke out the driverÕs side window, pointed a shotgun out and fired a round, Somday said.
ÒSgt. Hawley returned fire, striking Mix,Ó he said.
Hawley was not injured. He has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, Worden said.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been called to investigate, but had not arrived as of late morning Saturday.
East Dry Coulee Road is closed temporarily about a half-mile beyond the Wood Hill Road intersection on the east and a private airstrip on the west.
The Washington State Patrol, state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Omak Police Department also responded.