Man Opens Fire on Washington Officers

LONGVIEW, Wash. --

A man wanted on a warrant used a sawed-off shotgun to shoot at Washington Department of Corrections officers, police say.

Longview police say the officers were near 16th Avenue and Arkansas Street at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday when they spotted the man walking in the area.

They made a U-turn and started approaching the man in their unmarked vehicle. That's when the man took out the gun and started shooting, officers say.

Two shots hit the window of the car, police say. No one was injured.

It all unfolded in front of neighbors and as children were getting home from school.

“Me and my finance jumped out. I was at the steps and I saw the man right here as he shot the second shot going toward 17th. I was already dialing 911 when that happened,” says Jessica Houghton, who witnessed the action.

The man, identified by police as Richard Janssen, then fled on foot and was arrested after a short chase.

Janssen is in jail facing numerous charges, including felon in possession of a firearm, attempted burglary and two counts of attempted murder.

It’s unknown what the warrant was for.

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