March 22, 1997 in City

Reward Offered For Ohio Shootout Suspects Fbi, Atf Put Up $60,000 For Leads On Colville Brothers’ Whereabouts

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A $60,000 reward was posted Friday for information leading to the arrests of two brothers from Colville who are wanted for shooting at law officers in Ohio.

The reward was posted jointly by the FBI and ATF, five weeks after Chevie Kehoe, 24, and his brother, Cheyne, 20, were identified as suspects in shootings in Wilmington, Ohio.

They remain fugitives.

Their motor home was found abandoned in late February in Casper, Wyo., but no other trace of the brothers and their wives or children has turned up.

The brothers, who lived in the Spokane area late last year, are named in a 16-count state indictment filed in Ohio for two shootouts on Feb. 15 in Wilmington, Ohio.

They first allegedly shot at an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a sheriff’s deputy.

That shootout occurred after the officers stopped a vehicle with expired Washington state license plates.

The shooting was captured on a video camera mounted in the trooper’s car. Authorities now say they believe both of the Kehoes were wearing bulletproof vests during the shooting.

After fleeing that scene, Chevie Kehoe is alleged to have fired 26 shots from an assault rifle at two Wilmington police officers who spotted the vehicle in a parking lot.

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Supervisor James L. Brown, of Louisville, and FBI supervisor Ted Jackson, of Cincinnati, jointly announced the reward Friday at a press conference in Wilmington.

Brown said the shootings were “vicious attacks” on law enforcement officers. He and Jackson both said posting of the reward is a significant step that they hope will result in new leads in the nationwide manhunt.

The FBI is posting $50,000 and the ATF is offering an additional $10,000 for tips leading to the apprehension of Chevie Kehoe.

People with information about the suspects’ whereabouts should call the Spokane FBI office (747-5195), the Spokane ATF office (353-2862) or a toll-free number (1-888-ATF-TIPS).

Jackson said investigators have traced firearms found in a Chevrolet Suburban that the Kehoe brothers abandoned in Wilmington after the second shooting.

But the FBI supervisor didn’t disclose whether any of those weapons were traced back to murdered Arkansas gun dealer William Mueller.

Chevie Kehoe was indicted by a federal grand jury in Spokane on Feb. 25 for possessing two firearms stolen in 1995 and 1996 from Mueller. Chevie Kehoe also was indicted on a third count of illegally possessing a machine gun.

Mueller and his wife and her daughter disappeared on Jan. 5, 1996. The murder victims’ bodies were found in June in an Arkansas bayou.

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