KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A Kennewick police officer involved shooting in June, sent a man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Kennewick Police Officer Jeremy Taylor, shot Dennis Jaymes Skellenger on June 14th once in the chest.
Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg and the Special Investigations Unit released the latest details on the case Friday.
An investigation determined Taylor took the appropriate course of action by shooting Skellenger. Taylor fired the shot to defend Officer Brad Kohn when Skellenger pointed a gun at Kohn.
That day Skellenger drove away from a police pursuit after trying to return merchandise at a store with a stolen credit card.
Officers found him in a field behind West 27th Avenue hiding inside a tractor. That's when the officers say Skellenger drew the gun and Taylor shot him.
"The SIU team did not believe there was even anything close to probable cause to believe that the officer who did the shooting, Jeremy Taylor, committed any crime," said Benton County Prosecuting Attorney, Andy Miller.
Skellenger now faces charges of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and felony third degree assault.
Skellenger was released from Harborview, but is not jail because Miller says his medical status doesn't make him a threat.
Officer Taylor was placed on paid leave and will return to patrol duty on Monday.
Skellenger will appear in court at the end of this month.
We will follow this case and bring you the latest details as we get them.