Names released in Pasco officer involved shooting - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Names released in Pasco officer involved shooting

Posted: Updated:

PASCO, Wash. -- Police have released the names of those involved in a shooting Wednesday afternoon.

They say Officer Chad Pettijohn shot and injured 19-year-old suspect Ezequiel Chavez after he allegedly fired shots at Pettijohn.

It all started when Officer Pettijohn was responding to a report of suspicious behavior, possibly a burglary, on the 1100 block of West Park in Pasco. Pasco Police say when the officer arrived, Chavez ran. After a short pursuit, he allegedly shot at the officer. Pettijohn fired back, hitting Chavez. Pettijohn was not injured.

Chavez was hospitalized and two bullet wounds. He is currently in stable condition. Chavez had a felony warrant for his arrest for escape from community custody with an original charge related to narcotics.

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating. Officer Pettijohn is a 6-year-veteran of the Pasco Police Department. He is currently on administrative leave (standard procedure pending investigation results).