Rainier Area Shooting Suspect in Custody Print
Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:01

The Sheriff’s Office responded today at 11:06 a.m. to a shooting incident in the Rainier area stemming from a dispute that occurred at 33445 Jaquish Rd.  between a 20-year-old resident and a renter on his family’s property at that location.

The renter, David Sorrell, 28, Rainier, obtained a 12-guage shotgun  from the family home and fired shots at Brandon J. McKay after the dispute between the two began. McKay lives in the main residence with his family. Sorrell and his wife rent a room from the family in a building adjacent to the residence.

Investigators believe a total of four rounds were fired during the dispute—one of the rounds striking a vehicle on the property and shattering the driver side windows.  Investigators believe three rounds were fired at McKay, who was struck once and sustained non-life threatening injury.

Following the shooting, Sorrell left the scene in a grey, Honda Civic 4-door with Washington Plates.  An Oregon State Police sergeant in the area looking for the vehicle located it driving westbound on Highway 30 at 11:29 a.m.  The OSP Officer and a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy made the high-risk stop on the suspect vehicle and made the arrest. The highway on the westbound side was closed while  law enforcement took Sorrell into custody.

Sorrell is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault, Second Degree.   The Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation, and had the assistance of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Helens Police, Rainier Police, Scappoose Police and the Oregon State Police in responding to this incident.