Grant County deputy struck by bullet while chasing robbery suspect

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. – A Grant County deputy suffered a bullet to the foot overnight.

According to Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were chasing a robbery suspect through downtown Ephrata when he pulled out a gun and fired towards officers.

The suspect, 24-year-old Jesus Torres, was wanted for two armed robberies in Moses Lake Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Moses Lake Police Department, Torres walked into businesses on west Broadway Ave. and pointed a gun at the cashiers, demanding money. The robberies took place within minutes of each other, and Torres made no attempt to hide his identity during the robberies.

Torres Robbery

Courtesy of Moses Lake Police Department

Foreman said while he was firing shots, one of the bullets pierced through the sheet metal of a patrol car and struck 41-year-old Deputy Sheriff Jeff Wentworth in the foot.

“The deputy is just fine. The suspect, again, he’s in custody. There are multiple shooting scenes across downtown Ephrata where the suspect shot at pursuing officers,” said Foreman.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Sheriff Wentworth was released from the hospital around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday and is recovering at home.

The chase finally came to an end near SR 17 and Road 19, just outside of Soap Lake, where Torres was arrested. He was booked into the Grant County Jail on two robbery charges.

Grant County Sheriffs Office

Courtesy of Grant County Sheriff’s Office

The Columbia Basin Investigation Team was activated to assist in the investigation, and detectives from Grant County, Ephrata Police Department, Quincy Police Department and the Moses Lake Police Department are assisting in the investigation.