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U.S. Marshals arrest 232 during Operation Scattergun II

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U.S. Marshals arrest 232 during Operation Scattergun II

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June 11, 2012

(Spokane, WA) Today, Craig Thayer, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Washington, announced the successful completion of “Operation Scattergun II”. This operation was conducted by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF). The PNVOTF is a U.S. Marshals led task force that is comprised of Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the District of Alaska, and the District of Oregon, along with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Operation Scattergun II ran from the evening of June 4 through June 7 with teams of task force officers working any and all felony warrants in the Eastern District of Washington with a focus on the Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Yakima regions. Ordinarily the main focus of the PNVOTF is toward sex offenders and other violent offenders.

During Operation Scattergun II some of the notable fugitives arrested included Eugene Elkins (age 56) for the alleged homicide of his wife in Grays Harbor County; Chad Jackson (age 25) for 2 counts of 3rd Degree Rape of a Child; and Rogelio Rivera (age 28) indicted on federal charges in September 2011 for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm (sawed-off shotgun).

Among the 232 felony arrests made, there were 34 Non-Compliance felony warrants; 53 DOC Warrants; as well as federal, state and local felony warrants. 111 felony arrests were made on June 4 and 5; 85 felony arrests were made on June 6; and 36 felony arrests were made on June 7, for a total of 232 felony arrests throughout Eastern Washington.

PNVOTF Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Bob Doty coordinated numerous teams that covered 20 counties in Eastern Washington for all four days of Operation Scattergun II.

Marshal Thayer said, “The Scattergun II concentrated effort to apprehend wanted felons throughout the 20 counties and cities of Eastern Washington has resulted in the phenomenal result of 232 arrests. Once again it is demonstrated that with the outstanding cooperation between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that we have in our region, we are able to make our communities safer by taking felons off the street. The success of this operation is a tribute to the dedicated law enforcement professionals that participated. The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force Officers have served their communities very well during this cooperative operation. The U. S. Marshals Service is proud to sponsor this task force.”

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