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Special Investigations Unit Determines Kennewick Officers Were Justified in June Officer Involved Shooting

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After an investigation into an officer involved shooting which led to the death of Aaron Wright, 32 on June 27th, 2014, the Special Investigations Unit has determined that Kennewick Officers Santoy and Kuhn were justified in the shooting. After an investigation into an officer involved shooting which led to the death of Aaron Wright, 32 on June 27th, 2014, the Special Investigations Unit has determined that Kennewick Officers Santoy and Kuhn were justified in the shooting.
KENNEWICK, WA - After an investigation into an officer involved shooting which led to the death of Aaron Wright, 32 on June 27th, 2014, the Special Investigations Unit has determined that Kennewick Officers Santoy and Kuhn were justified in the shooting.

According to the Kennewick Police Department, after the June incident, Officers Santoy and Kuhn were placed on paid administrative leave. Police say shortly after the incident the officers returned to restricted duty at police headquarters. 

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) made up of law enforcement investigators from throughout the Tri Cities and led by Captain Jim Raymond of the Pasco Police Department, conducted a thorough investigation of the incident and submitted the completed investigation to the Benton County Prosecutor. 

Kennewick Police say the investigation revealed that Officers Kuhn and Santoy fired a total of 3 handgun rounds and 5 rifle rounds. Police say the autopsy revealed that Wright died from a single gunshot to the head. The Prosecutor's Office determined that the lethal application of force used by the officers was justified. 

At the same time as the SIU investigation, Kennewick police say they completed their own internal review of the incident. 

On August 28, 2014, the Kennewick Police Firearms Review Board determined that when weighing the totality of the circumstances, "Officers Kuhn and Santoy reacted to an imminent threat due to the aggressive actions of Aaron Wright. In the face of these aggressive actions, the lethal force used by Officers Kuhn and Santoy was reasonable under the circumstances to protect life." 

On August 28, 2014, Officers Kuhn and Santoy were cleared to return to full duty. 
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