Homeless man gunned down by Pasco cops; police say he hit 2 officers with rocks

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are reviewing YouTube videos recorded by witnesses as they look into a fatal police shooting in Pasco.

According to the Seattle Times, the FBI is now involved after witnesses said the man was unarmed and “just trying to walk away” before he was shot by police.

Officers had responded to a report of a man throwing rocks at cars about 5 p.m. Tuesday near the Fiesta Foods grocery store in Pasco.

Authorities say the homeless man who was shot and killed by officers at a busy intersection in Pasco, Washington, had thrown multiple rocks, hitting two officers, and had refused to put down other stones.

Police Chief Bob Metzger disclosed the details at a brief news conference Wednesday but released few new details about what happened.

The Franklin County coroner says the man killed was 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes, whose last address was a Pasco homeless shelter.

Witnesses say the man was running away when he was shot.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://goo.gl/vm1Aln ) that several dozen people converged at Pasco City Hall to raise concerns about the shooting.

The shooting occurred after officers responded to a report of a man throwing rocks at cars about 5 p.m. Tuesday at a busy intersection near a grocery store.

Metzger has identified the three officers involved in the shooting.

Multiple videos of the shooting have popped up online. Q13 FOX News has not linked to the video because it is extremely graphic. But here is a link to the video if you wish to view it.

Capt. Ken Roske told Tri-City Herald three officers have been placed on leave for the investigation by the Tri-City Special Investigative Team, which will not include Pasco police.

It was the fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco in the past six months. Officers were cleared of any wrongdoing in the previous shootings.

 

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