'Most Wanted' fugitive Mosby dies of gunshot wound after standoff

By Mark Bowder and Patty Hastings

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Updated: March 14, 2014, 10:12 PM

 
photoWashington's Most Wanted Police searched several hours for Derral Kenneth Mosby on March 6, but couldn't find him. He's a fugitive wanted out of Lewis County who has appeared on the television show "Washington's Most Wanted."
SWAT incident

One of “Washington’s Most Wanted” fugitives died Friday afternoon after shots were fired during a police standoff at his parents’ house in Ridgefield, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The regional SWAT team was called in about 1:40 p.m. Friday after members of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force discovered someone inside the house at 19306 N.E. 29th Ave. during a search for 36-year-old Derral Kenneth “Kenny” Mosby, of Mossyrock, said Eric Wahlstrom, supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal.

Walstrom said task force members were checking the residence where Mosby’s parents reportedly lived, thinking it was unoccupied, when they noticed an open back door and then saw someone inside shut it. They called in reinforcements.

“As they were still in containment, one of the windows opened up and a bloody arm threw a paper airplane out the window,” Walstrom said.

At the time, investigators could not determine if the person who threw the airplane was Mosby, Walstrom said.

The case was handed over to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which began managing the incident as a barricade situation. Hostage negotiators talked over loudspeakers, attempting to coax the person into coming out of the house and peacefully surrendering, said Sgt. Fred Neiman.

“We knew (Mosby) was armed and had made significant threats to law enforcement,” Neiman said.

At one point, police threw smoke canisters into the house and sent in a SWAT robot. Around 4:30 p.m., Mosby emerged from the house with a firearm and confronted law enforcement. Shots were exchanged and Mosby was struck.

He was treated by medics and loaded into an ambulance for transport to a hospital, but was declared dead inside the ambulance. His body was transferred to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

SWAT team members completed a room-by-room search of the house to ensure no one else was inside.

Weeklong search

Mosby was wanted out of Lewis County in late February for robbery and drug possession, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. His death ends a weeklong search for him as he apparently traveled around the region.

On March 6, Mosby was traced to the Gee Creek Rest Area along southbound Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield. His dad had called 911 that afternoon to report that his son had called him and told him he was at the rest area with a gunshot wound in his leg.

A black Saturn believed to be associated with Mosby was found in the parking lot of the Milepost 12 rest area, and police tracked his cellphone to the area, Finn said. Although police officers searched the thick woods south of the rest area with canine assistance for several hours, they couldn’t find him. Later that day, Mosby broke into a house near the rest area and stole a vehicle, according to the Linn County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office. He then used a pay phone near Salem, Ore., to call his family.

On Sunday, Albany, Ore., police found the stolen vehicle, but not Mosby, who had been spotted on a bike in Albany near the Linn County Fairgrounds. It’s unclear how he returned north to Ridgefield, where he was shot.

Regional detectives continue investigating.


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UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. Fugitive Derral Kenneth "Kenny" Mosby, 36, has died from wounds suffered during a SWAT standoff Friday afternoon in Ridgefield, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

CCSO Sgt. Fred Neiman said Mosby had walked out the house at about 4:30 p.m. carrying a firearm. Shots were exchanged and Mosby was hit. No officers were injured


UPDATE: At 5 p.m., a spokesman from the Clark County Sheriff's Office said the subject shot is believed to be Derral Kenneth "Kenny" Mosby.

"It's probably him," said CCSO Sgt. Fred Neiman. "They believe it was Mr. Mosby in the residence."

As of 5:30 p.m. SWAT teams had completed a room-by-room search of the house to ensure there was no one else in the residence.


UPDATE: At about 4:30 p.m., a SWAT robot made entry to the house. Seconds later, officers reported shots fired and the subject down. Medical aid has been called in. LifeFlight has been activated.

It is not immediately clear whether the man was shot by officers or shot himself. Initial reports indicated the man had fired at the robot.

As of about 4:50 p.m. teams had secured the scene and were preparing to move the man out of the house.

A landing zone was being set up for a LifeFlight helicopter, which was en route from The Dalles, Ore., but the man was taken by ambulance to a hospital instead.

Other heavily armed SWAT team members were preparing to move in to clear the rest of the house.


A SWAT team converged on a home in Ridgefield early Friday afternoon in a search for one of Washington's most wanted fugitives.

The SWAT team was called in about 1:40 p.m. Friday after members of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force discovered someone inside a house at 19300 N.E. 29th Ave. during a search for Derral Kenneth "Kenny" Mosby, said Eric Wahlstrom, supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal.

Walstrom said task force members were checking the residence, which belongs to a family member of Mosby, thinking it was unoccupied when they noticed an open back door and then saw someone inside shut it. They called in reinforcements.

"As they were still in containment, one of the windows opened up and a bloody arm threw a paper airplane out the window," Walstrom said.

Investigators could not determine if the person who threw the airplane was Mosby, Walstrom said.

Clark County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Fred Neiman said Mosby's parents live in the house, but he is believed to be inside by himself. He has previously said he wanted to be killed by police officers.

"Given the history with him and the suicide threats he's made, SWAT was called in," he said. The case was handed over to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, which began managing the incident as a barricade situation.

As of about 4 p.m. SWAT team members had used loudspeakers to try to make contact with the person inside and launched at least two smoke canisters into the house.

Mosby, 36, is described as 6 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a fish hook tattoo on his neck. He has multiple felony warrants out of Lewis County for robbery and drug possession, Finn said. According to “Washington’s Most Wanted,” he’s been known to hang out in Ridgefield.

Ridgefield SWAT standoff