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Teen boy in serious condition after being hit by a YSO car

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YAKIMA, WA - A teenage boy is in stable but serious condition after he was hit by a Yakima County Sheriff's vehicle.

Nate Boyer, a sergeant with the Sheriff's Office, hit the teen while responding to a home invasion Sunday morning on Branch Road in the Harrah area.

The homeowners reported that a group of four armed young males were in their home trying to steal money and other valuables.

When Sheriff Boyer arrived, the suspects ran into a hay field and that's where the teen was hit.

"So as he turned and went into the alfalfa field he lost track of the person he saw running and then proceeded onto the backside of the house,"  explained Chief Robert Udell with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. "When he got out of the car, a Yakima Tribal Police officer was waving at him and let him know there was a subject that had been hit by a vehicle in the field."

The Sheriff's Office also says they are unsure if the teen who was hit was involved with the robbery. Sgt. Boyer is on paid leave while the investigation is underway.



YAKIMA, WA -  A 13-year-old boy is listed in serious, but stable condition Sunday after being hit by a Yakima County Sheriff's Office sergeant's car. 

Early Saturday morning the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers from the Yakama Indian Nation Police Department responded to a home invasion robbery on the 11600 block of Branch Road, in the rural Harrah area.  Multiple armed suspects went into the home and confronted a resident. The suspects then took off.

 Officers determined that a possible location for the suspects was a residence located in the nearby 3900 block of Barkes Road. When they got on scene, a Yakima County Sheriff's Sergeant saw a person to the front of his car, trying to run. The sergeant steered his car into a hay field where he later hit the suspect, who ended up sustaining serious injuries.

The teen was transported to Astria Regional Medical Center by air ambulance then later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The subject that was struck was identified as a 13-year old member of the Yakama Nation.  Investigation of the collision was performed by the Yakama Indian Nation Police Department. 

The other suspects have not been found. 

An administrative investigation was also immediately initiated by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, who turned the investigation over to the Yakima Valley Special Investigation Unit (YVSIU), which is comprised of investigators from multiple agencies.  Command of the unit is by a Sunnyside Police Commander, and the on-scene team leader was from the Yakima Police Department.  The involved YSO sergeant was placed on Administrative Leave, which is common practice in such instances.

An investigation is ongoing and information is limited at this time.