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Wanted man shot and killed by police on Hwy 26 had long criminal history

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A man who shot at police during a high-speed chase on Highway 26 and was killed when officers returned fire had an extensive criminal history and was wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder.

Andrew Dehart was connected to a series of crimes starting Oct. 7, when police said he tampered with a witness who was set to testify against another man facing methamphetamine charges, according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit states Dehart took the woman without her express consent to the man's home on the 9800 block of Northeast 67th Street in Vancouver.

Once there, she was told to recant statements she made to police regarding controlled meth buys, according to the affidavit, and given a script that said officers instructed her to manufacture evidence to convict the suspect.

Dehart later drove her to her mother's home, even though she never told him where her mother lived, court documents state.

The following day, according to court documents, Dehart helped set up the woman's boyfriend to be attacked. The victim was lured to a house in a fake drug deal, hit on the head with a metal bar, tied up with a cord and stabbed repeatedly while Dehart held him at gunpoint, court documents state.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Dehart put the gun in the man's mouth and said he was going to "blow (his) head off."

Dehart told witnesses not to call police, court documents state.

The victim was eventually dumped in the driveway of a hospital's emergency department with critical injuries, according to an affidavit. Court documents state he had nearly bled to death and required at least nine units of blood during the course of treatment.

One suspect in this case, 49-year-old Michael Conley, was arrested that night and booked in jail on charges including attempted murder, intimidating a witness and tampering with a witness.

Dehart remained on the loose until Wednesday.

U.S. marshals tracked him to a home in Seaside. As they went to arrest him, Dehart got into a pickup and drove eastbound on Highway 26.

When he noticed officers following him, investigators said he began firing at them from his pickup. He continued shooting during the 17-mile chase.

When he drove through a tunnel at Milepost 41, three waiting officers opened fire.

Dehart was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting.

Dehart had been booked in the Multnomah County Jail nearly two dozen times since 1997, according to jail records.

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