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Yakima police officers respond to a shooting in the 1200 block of West Washington Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Yakima, Wash. (Evan Abell, Yakima Herald-Republic)

YAKIMA, Wash. — The U.S. Marshals Service has identified a 41-year-old man shot Wednesday by a member of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force at a Yakima mobile home park.

Elijio Mendoza was wanted by the state Department of Corrections for failing to report to his probation officer, according to a news release from the office. The news release described him as a “known gang affiliate” and noted that he is classified as a “high violent offender.”

Mendoza was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition, the release said.

Law enforcement officials attempted to take Mendoza into custody after he was found leaving a home in the Sun Meadows mobile home park in an SUV. The park is near the intersection of South 12th and West Washington avenues.

Mendoza stopped, but as officers moved toward the vehicle, he tried to drive away. A member of the task force attempted to reach inside the suspect’s vehicle to place it in park, but was unsuccessful and fell out of the vehicle. Another task force member tried to use a stun gun on him.

“Mendoza accelerated his vehicle placing a (task force) member in grave danger,” the release said.

The deputy U.S. marshal then fired his gun at the suspect, striking him several times. Officers provided first aid.

Yakima police are investigating the incident.

It is unclear if Mendoza had a weapon. City of Yakima and Yakima police officials declined to comment further on the incident, deferring all questions to the U.S. Marshal’s office.

Multiple attempts to contact the U.S. Marshal’s office for additional information were unsuccessful.

Mendoza has prior felony convictions dating to 1993 for burglary, conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, methamphetamine possession, escape from custody, theft of a motor vehicle, malicious mischief, attempting to elude and other drug charges, according to court records. His most recent felony conviction was in 2012. In February 2017, he was charged in Yakima Municipal Court with obstructing police, and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear for a court hearing.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is a U.S. Marshal’s Service-sponsored partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Task force members find and arrest violent federal and state fugitives.

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