The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:29 p.m.

Man killed in shootout with Kelso police

KELSO — Officers have killed a man who burst from a bedroom and shot at them in west Kelso, authorities said.
The man, who had a criminal record that included drug charges, was identified by family as 26-year-old Jesse Ryan McMillan, The Daily News reported. Police said McMillan was involved in a car crash before the shooting, but fled the scene and hid in an area house. During the investigation, officers learned McMillan had a felony warrant for his arrest.
Authorities said McMillan wounded a Kelso officer, who was treated for a leg injury and released from the hospital.
His wife, 26-year-old Kala McMillan, and his family and friends stared grim-faced from behind a line of yellow police tape Saturday afternoon. Some said McMillan struggled with drugs and mental illness, but said they couldn’t believe he had been armed when he was shot.
Kayla Fittro, a longtime friend of the family, said McMillan hit a woman’s car near the Big Lots store in west Kelso. McMillan then ditched the car he had been driving and ran to his mother’s home.
Police Chief Andrew Hamilton said the suspect hid in a back bedroom of the house and refused to come out. Then, at around 10:45 a.m., he emerged from the bedroom shooting a handgun.
Kala McMillan said she spoke with her husband on the phone and was on her way back from work at an adult care center north of Castle Rock when the shooting happened. Kala McMillan said she called police and told them, “I can get him out if you just let me get there.”
A short time later, she said, “I got a phone call that they had shot him 12 times and he’s dead.”
“I was sure I could get him out,” she added.
In November, the Longview police detectives said they caught McMillan with 15 prepackaged baggies of heroin as well as synthetic drugs and marijuana. The detectives later served a search warrant on McMillan’s Sunset Way apartment, where they reported finding more heroin, drug paraphernalia, three pistols and numerous rounds of ammunition. The status of the case was unknown Saturday.
McMillan was sentenced to more than six years in prison in 2009 for snatching a purse out of a woman’s car in the Kelso Safeway parking lot.
Asked why her husband would hide from police, Kala McMillan said, “He has a DOC (Department of Corrections) warrant and he’s not stable on his medication.”
She said her husband was recently released from jail, where he had not been allowed to take his medication.
Story tags » Crime, Law & JusticeKelso

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.