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Report: Officer who shot Pasco farmworker dragged him from fire weeks earlier

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Antonio Zambrano-Montes, just moments before three Pasco police officers opened fire.

SEATTLE (AP) — One of the officers who killed an immigrant farmworker in Washington state in a shooting that helped fuel the nationwide debate over police use of force had dragged the man away from his burning rental home just weeks earlier.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press under public records requests reveal that Antonio Zambrano-Montes was sitting on the ground in January in a meth-addled trance near the fire when Officer Adam Wright found him.

Weeks later, Zambrano-Montes was shot as he ran away from officers in the eastern Washington city of Pasco and suddenly turned around with his arms outstretched. That Feb. 10 encounter was caught on video and prompted months of angry protests.

The documents obtained by the AP shed new light on Zambrano-Montes’ run-ins with police and his erratic behavior.

Police have alleged that Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks at cars and trucks when he was confronted by officers. Officers attempted “voice commands and low level force,” and used a Taser, police said, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

After two officers were struck with rocks — at least one of them as large as a softball — police said the officers resorted to deadly force.

The widow and children of Zambrano-Montes have filed a $25 million claim against the city of Pasco alleging that three officers killed the unarmed man “execution style.”

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7 comments

  • Wallus

    I agree that the shooting was probably a bad use of force but to say a meth addict with a domestic violence rap sheet should be held up as the Every-Hispanic-Male and “It could have been you” was a bit much from the protester side. Ironic that one of the cops has saved him a short time before in another incident.

  • dg54321

    Shocking. Oh wait, no it isn’t. This guy was a methhead, who was violent against others and police, and resisted a taser and kept being violent. I know all the bleeding hearts wanted the police to give him a blankie and a juice box while they sang lullabies to him as he pelted them in the head with softball size rocks, but that’s not how the real world works.

  • "peety"

    pathetic attempt at character assassination. He deserved it, because of prior events? What about the fact that the cops themselves have been subject to racism and excessive force complaints in the past? Why not report on that?

  • The World is Ending

    Why would anyone want to pe a cop today especially if a guy is white because a black gangbanger can be shooting at the cop (even with something like an AR15) and if the cop shots back and kills the gangbanger 1) the friends and family of the gangbanger will say that he was just scared and never wanted to hurt anyone that he was a good boy and would never hurt anyone.. 2) some group will claim exsesive force and say the cop should have just waited because the the guy would have eventually run out of ammo.

  • ted

    Hey wait a minute, the headlines read, “Dragged from a fire” but the article states the officer found him sitting on the yard, near the fire??? This headline suggests he saved his life??? WTF Q13 ??

  • today was a good day

    Child molesters and MURDERES should get this kind of punishment not gangbanger and people on drugs unless they are klllers!! Cops are just getting caught doing this now because of cell phones and cameras but this kind of killings have been happening for YEARS!!! Now police trying to cover themselves by calling self defense. what a joke!