Man wanted for robbing businesses reportedly shoots deputy during pursuit

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The Moses Lake Police Department released this photo of a suspect in robberies at two businesses. The man, Jesus Torres, reportedly shot a Grant County Sheriff's deputy during a pursuit.

After allegedly robbing two Moses Lake businesses, a man led pursuing officers on a chase through Ephrata just after midnight Wednesday, shooting at deputies as he drove.

One of the shots reportedly fired by Jesus Torres went through a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle and hit him in the foot.

Deputy Jeff Wentworth was treated at the hospital and released early this morning.

The Moses Lake Police Department says Torres was armed with an AR15-type rifle and a handgun when he was arrested.

Torres reportedly robbed the two Moses Lake businesses at gunpoint about 2 p.m.

Moses Lake police said he was quickly identified as the suspect, having made no attempt to hide his identity.

Other law enforcement agencies in Grant County joined in the hunt for Torres.

They say he was pulled over just after midnight in Ephrata by Grant County Sheriff’s deputies, then fled and began shooting at deputies out the car window.

As Ephrata police joined the chase Torres began circling the city and continued to fire both his weapons at his pursuers, Moses Lake police said.

One bullet hit Wentworth’s vehicle and another deputy’s vehicle was damaged by the gunfire.

The pursuit continued outside Ephrata from Road 19 Northeast to Highway 17, where a deputy executed a PIT maneuver, spinning Torres’ vehicle.

Police said Torres then attempted to flee on foot but was quickly captured.

Torres was booked into the Grant County Jail on the two robbery charges, with more charges from the shooting and pursuit expected to follow.