Aftermath of fatal pursuit has some questioning police tactics
Yakima, WASH-- After a reckless driver's rampage through the city left 2 dead, two injured and at least tens of thousands in property damage, the community is looking to make sense of it all.
The question many are debating today is "Should police have handled it differently?"
It's hard to shake the images of the scene yesterday at 16th and Cherry, especially knowing half the people taken to the hospital didn't make it. It was a horrific ending to a high speed police pursuit allegedly led by the driver of a stolen car.
Witnesses estimated the driver was going 80 miles an hour when he ran a red light at the intersection at 16th and Englewood killing 29-year-old Pascual Ayala of Tieton and 41-year-old Marina Barajas of Yakima. People have raised the question of whether or not police should have continued the pursuit at such high speeds on a busy street in a residential area.
Many comments on our website have been critical of police, but the people we interviewed Monday generally supported YPD's actions.
At 3pm on Monday, Chief Sam Granato held a press conference about the deadly pursuit. He stood by the officer's decision to pursue the suspect.