DA: Suspect accused of killing father in Washington charged for I-84 police chase, carjacking in Oregon

Grayson Morris, booking photo. (Background image: AIR 12)

TROUTDALE, OR (KPTV) - All lanes of Interstate 84 were shut down Thursday due to police activity involving a 26-year-old homicide suspect out of Washington state.

Troopers were pursuing the suspect, later identified as Grayson Morris, westbound on the highway near Hood River at 10:30 a.m. During the chase, Morris fired multiple shots at police, according to investigators. 

Near Rooster Rock State Park, Morris reportedly carjacked a vehicle from a bystander, according to law enforcement. A PIT maneuver was later used to stop the Morris' vehicle near Troutdale.

I-84 was closed in both directions by 10:45 a.m. By 12:45 p.m., ODOT reported that the westbound highway would be closed between Troutdale and Cascade Locks for another six to eight hours. Travelers were advised to avoid the area.

The eastbound lanes reopened around 3 p.m., and the westbound lanes reopened to traffic at about 8:30 p.m.

Police in Ritzville, Washington were searching for Morris, who was identified as an armed and dangerous homicide suspect. Deputies said Morris was detained on I-84 near Troutdale after gunfire was exchanged between Morris and law enforcement.

Morris was injured and taken to the hospital for evaluation. He was booked into jail on charges including four counts of attempted murder, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of robbery in the first degree, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and one count of attempt to elude.

There was no word if any law enforcement officers were hurt.

The East County Major Crimes Team responded to the location and is leading the investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation closed I-84 in both directions for several hours. Troopers who fired their weapons have been place on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Any witnesses or anyone whose vehicle was damaged is asked to contact the tip line at 503-988-0560. 

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(3) comments

Frederick Fukov

Oh gosh..someone must have tried to illegally go to Multnomah Falls, and the governor authorized the use of lethal force.

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yep

Just curious

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