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Fatal officer involved shooting names released

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Richland Police Department has released the names of the 5 officers involved in a deadly shooting on June 5th. They are:

  • Sgt. Tony Striefel, 14 years in law enforcement
  • Cpl. Bryce Henry, 14 years in law enforcement
  • Cpl. Hyrum Stohel, 14 years in law enforcement
  • Officer Jon Ladines, 12 years in law enforcement
  • Scott Lien, 9 years in law enforcement

The first four officers listed above fired their weapon in the incident. Lein, however has only been with the Richland Police Department for 4 weeks, and is currently undergoing training. Police say he is a witness to the shooting, and is back on duty after receiving clearence. The other four are still on administrative leave.

James Dean Schultz, 27, died in the shooting. An autopsy showed he had multiple gunshot wounds. The Tri-Cities area Special Investigations Unit is handling the investigation.

The police department released a statement explaining why it took so long to release the names of the involved officers:

"One of the occupants of the involved vehicle, not Mr. Schultz, is an identified gang member. Over the past year police have documented information that local gang members are believed to be carrying firearms and have made serious threats against law enforcement. This includes that any gang member who injures an officer will achieve the highest sign of dedication to that gang. In addition, an incident occurred in Yakima County in which a gang member shot multiple times at deputies, one of whom was wounded, while they were processing a crime scene.

This gang-related information was not initially provided as a part of the releases of information on this event because the officers were not aware of the gang affiliation at the time of the incident. It did not contribute to the actions that the officers took. Consequently, it would have been inappropriate to prematurely release this detail. It took some time to investigate any association Mr. Schultz may have had with gangs. At this point in time it does not appear Mr. Schultz has any formal ties with gangs, other than his association with gang members.

The Richland Police Department takes seriously any threats against officers. This includes the gang-related threats that have recently occurred. As a result, the Department was not willing to release the names of the officers until the safety of the officers and their families could be reasonably assured.

Those officers that discharged their weapons as a result of this incident will remain on administrative leave until all necessary facts are obtained and a proper review is conducted. The review includes the criminal investigation conducted by the Special Investigations Unit. Those results will be provided to the Benton County Prosecutor. A separate Administrative Investigation has been initiated by the Richland Police Department to determine if the officer's actions were in compliance with department policy and practices, and to evaluate the incident from an equipment and training perspective. Each of these reviews is standard practice."

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