OKANOGAN — An Okanogan man wanted by police in connection with a stabbing was shot this morning after a high-speed car chase ended with him firing a shotgun at an Okanogan County sheriff’s deputy.
Undersheriff Joe Somday said the deputy, Tony Hawley, was not injured. The victim, Neil Mix, 27, was shot when the deputy returned fire.
Mix was reported in stable condition this morning at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak. A 25-year-old Okanogan woman who was in the car with Mix was also reported in stable condition at the hospital.
Somday said deputies will not be releasing the woman’s name. She is not under arrest, he said.
The incident began at just after 9 a.m., when the deputy observed a 2-door passenger car, driven by Mix, speeding on Conconully Street in Okanogan, Somday said.
When the deputy turned his patrol car around, Mix started to speed off. The deputy turned on his lights and siren and chased Mix from Conconully Street onto Wood Hill Road and into Dry Coulee, where Mix lost control of his vehicle, which went off an embankment and landed on its top.
When the deputy approached the overturned vehicle, Mix broke out the driver’s side window and fired a shotgun at the deputy, but missed, Somday said.
The deputy returned fire and shot Mix. Somday declined to say where Mix was hit.
The victim is wanted in connection with an Oct. 6 stabbing.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the shooting, Somday said.
Christine Pratt: 665-1173