June 19, 2014 12:53 pm

Guilty pleas in wild Westside Road police shootout

Global Okanagan

KELOWNA — Two of three suspects involved in a police shootout on Westside Road north of Kelowna nearly two years ago have pleaded guilty to their roles in the incident.

The trio was arrested at gunpoint after shots were fired at police during a high-speed chase that began in West Kelowna on July 31, 2012 and involved two car-jackings.

Ashley Collins, who was 19 at the time, was riding in the back of a stolen pick-up truck when she was shot by police during the chase which ended when police deployed a spike belt.

Collins lost a kidney as a result of the bullet wound.

Collins has pleaded guilty to occupying a vehicle knowing there was a firearm inside.

One of the two men arrested in the incident has also pleaded guilty.

Shawn Adam Wysinski, 34, has admitted to two counts of robbery with a restricted weapon in relation to the car-jackings.

The two will be sentenced at a later date.

The third suspect, Michael Edward Ellis, 41, is alleged to have fired the shots at police.

He stands trial in September.

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