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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An Olympia police officer under scrutiny for shooting two men suspected of trying to steal beer last month has been reprimanded during his three years with the department.

Personnel records reviewed by The Olympian newspaper show that supervisors raised concerns in 2013 that Officer Ryan Donald putting himself in situations where using force would become necessary. Donald was also issued a written warning for arresting the wrong person in 2012.

But records also show he received commendations and completed dozens of hours of training for crisis intervention and other skills. His lawyer declined to comment on the officer’s personnel file.

Donald reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard before the May 21 shooting that wounded 21-year-old Bryson Chaplin and 24-year-old Andre Thompson.

The investigation into the shooting was awaiting a crime lab analysis before a report is sent to the Thurston County prosecutor.

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5 comments

  • hellomurica

    Another instance of one person’s word against another. With the current nation’s climate regarding cops, I don’t think many people are going to believe his story, especially when his past record comes to light.

    • d_2

      I won’t disagree with you entirely PEETY. But, let’s not dismiss the fact that the two young men were committing a crime. If they wouldn’t have broke the law initially… none of this would have occurred. Now; if it is proven that the LEO was out of line… there should be consequences.

  • Cliff Trudeau

    No doubt the Records of this Cops stint with the Fed’s contains some similar instances he was showed the door. Went to Olympia and his Federal Cop record was shelved. bad cop