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ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER JH 02/26/13

A TRAFFIC STOP IN UKIAH LED TO A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES PULLED OVER A VEHICLE WITH EXPIRED REGISTRATION JUST BEFORE 10 PM LAST NIGHT. AS THE DEPUTY APPROACHED THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW, THE VEHICLE QUICKLY ACCELERATED SOUTHBOUND ON STATE STREET REACHING SPEEDS OF 80 TO 90 MILES PER HOUR. WITH AUTHORITIES IN PURSUIT, THE VEHICLE TURNED WESTBOUND ON THE BOONVILLE HIGHWAY. AT ONE POINT, A SUSPECT PARTIALLY EXITED THE PASSENGER WINDOW AND OPENED FIRE ON THE SHERIFFS VEHICLE IN PURSUIT, HITTING THE CAR IN THE RADIATOR AND DISABLING IT. AUTHORITIES FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES LOCATED THE ABANDONED VEHICLE AT ABOUT 11 PM IN A DRIVEWAY OFF HIGHWAY 253 AND FOUND ITEMS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY EARLIER THAT EVENING IN POTTER VALLEY. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, FIVE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION WERE STOLEN FROM THE RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY AND WERE NOT RECOVERED. DETECTIVES HAVE IDENTIFIED 30 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SKAGGS OF REDWOOD VALLEY AND 42 YEAR OLD WALTER MILLER OF UKIAH AS THE SUSPECTS. SKAGGS, WHO WAS ALSO WANTED ON AN UNRELATED BURGLARY AND ROBBERY INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED FEBRUARY 19, WAS LOCATED WALKING ON SOUTH STATE STREET AT AROUND 9 AM THIS MORNING. AFTER A SHORT FOOT CHASE, SKAGGS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. MILLER IS STILL AT LARGE, AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF WALTER MILLER ARE URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

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