Witness: Rock-throwing man killed by Pasco police told officers ‘shoot me’

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

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A witness says a Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco fought with an officer, threw rocks and told officers to shoot him before they opened fire.

Witness Miguel Estrada, who was interviewed the day after the Feb. 10 shooting in Pasco, said he saw Antonio Zambrano-Montes throw rocks at officers, then run away.

In files released by authorities Wednesday, Estrada said Zambrano-Montes screamed at officers: “‘If you are gonna shoot me, shoot me.'”

The death of Zambrano-Montes was captured on video and sparked months of protests in the agricultural center in Eastern Washington.

Authorities say the three officers involved in the death of Zambrano-Montes fired 17 shots, including five or six that struck the former orchard worker.

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.

A prosecutor is deciding whether the three officers who shot Zambrano-Montes should face criminal charges, a process likely to take months.

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