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FBI Now Investigating Toppenish Officer Involved Shooting

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One man is dead and the FBI is now involved in the investigation of an officer involved shooting Friday morning. One man is dead and the FBI is now involved in the investigation of an officer involved shooting Friday morning.
TOPPENISH, WA - One man is dead and the FBI is now involved in the investigation of an officer involved shooting Friday morning.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. in Toppenish on South Wapato Road about a half mile south of Fort Road in a hop field.

Yakima Nation Police were responding to a routine call that soon turned deadly.

The suspect fled from the scene in his car and that is when the pursuit started.

The suspect began shooting at officers as he drove away from them and continued shooting after the pursuit ended.

Eastern Washington FBI spokesperson Frank Harrill said the agency gets involved every time they have what they call a significant incident that happens on tribal land.

"The FBI works closely with it's tribal law enforcement partners and the statutory responsibility for the investigation of major crimes on and in Indian country.  And this would certainly qualify as a significant incident," Harrill said.

After the pursuit ended, officers eventually shot and killed the suspect.

Neighbors in the area said they heard gunshots coming from the area early Friday morning.

Harrill said the FBI cannot release the names of the officer, but the Yakima County Coroner did identify the victim as 42-year-old Ira Arquette.


Investigators are not sure if drugs or alcohol were involved.

It is not known if this officer will be placed on administrative leave; that is up to the police department to decide.

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