Man shot by sergeant, deputy after body is found in trunk of burning car near Tonasket


Suspect treated at Wenatchee hospital, then jailed

A vehicle fire near Tonasket on Monday took a strange turn that ended with a suspect being shot by an Okanogan County Sheriff’s sergeant and deputy.

The shooting came after a body was found in the trunk of the burning car, the sheriff’s office reported.

Lance R. Bowers, 37, was taken by air ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, where he was treated for gunshot wounds.

He was then taken to jail.

According to the sheriff’s office, about 7 p.m. Monday fire crews responded to a burning car near the Aeneas Valley store.

After firefighters found a body inside the trunk, law enforcement moved in.

Witnesses told deputies they’d seen Bowers leaving the car fire earlier. It didn’t take long before he was found near the store.

The sheriff’s office said Bowers was holding a gun and was shot when he refused “displayed” the gun and refused to drop it.

The North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate the incident.

The sergeant and deputy are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.