Police Tuesday arrested two more suspects in connection with the Jan. 22 shooting death of Kayla Chapman, including the suspected getaway driver, Kelso Police announced.
According to a press release, Vancouver police at about 3 p.m. located and arrested 21-year-old Nenemeny W. Ekiek. Police say he was a passenger in the getaway car.
At about 7:30 p.m., Vancouver officers attempted to stop a vehicle containing the suspected getaway driver in the Chapman case.
The vehicle was finally stopped in Oregon and there was "an exchange of gunfire" between the vehicle and a Vancouver police officer, according to a Portland Police Bureau release. An officer was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital. Police arrested two individuals from the truck, including 23-year-old Erkinson K. Bossy, who is believed to be the original getaway driver. Further details of the officer-involved shooting or the other suspect were unavailable.
One suspect sustained life-threatening injuries from the shootout and is being treated at a local hospital, Portland police said, although the injuries are not gunshot wounds.
Westbound Interstate 84 was closed at its junction with Interstate 205 and eastbound I-84 was closed from I-5 to Cesar Chavez Boulevard due to the police pursuit of Bossy. All roads had reopened by Wednesday mid-morning, Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said.
Backups from the chase and ensuing investigation led to several crashes in Oregon and traffic backups on I-5 south almost as far as Salmon Creek. Street-level vehicle and bus traffic in Vancouver were also affected.
Kelso Police will seek to extradite Bossy from Oregon for charging in the Chapman homicide.
Ekiek was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Police declined to release further details Tuesday night.
The suspected gunman in the Chapman case, D’Anthony Leslie Williams, 19, was arrested Jan. 23 at his girlfriend’s house in Camas, Wash.
Williams is lodged in the Cowlitz County Jail and faces first-degree murder, robbery and other charges.
Based on surveillance video, police say Williams entered Holt’s Quik Chek on Cowlitz Way and tried to shoot Chapman, the 30-year old clerk. The handgun wouldn’t work initially, but after getting money and cigarettes he fired again, striking Chapman in the area of the neck and torso. She died at the scene after calling 911.
A probation officer and Williams’ mother identified Williams as the shooter from the surveillance video police released to the media.
Williams has an extensive juvenile criminal record. Longview police previously arrested Bossy on suspicion of a felony drug violation last August.
The cold-blooded killing led to an outpouring of community grief for Chapman.