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Man Shot After Displaying Gun To Officer, Died Of Injuries

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A 25-year-old man is dead after an officer involved shooting early Wednesday in Pasco. A 25-year-old man is dead after an officer involved shooting early Wednesday in Pasco.
Matthew Stoddard was killed in an officer involved shooting Wednesday morning. Picture from previous arrest. Matthew Stoddard was killed in an officer involved shooting Wednesday morning. Picture from previous arrest.

PASCO, WA - The Tri-Cities Special Investigative unit is looking into another officer involved shooting.

This latest shooting happened early Wednesday morning.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdell has identified the man shot as Matthew Stoddard, 25 of Airway Heights. Police say he was driving a stolen car westbound on Lewis Street between 5th and 6th avenue. 

Police say an officer stopped the car around 3:00 a.m. Soddard immediately got out and ran while a passenger surrendered to police. That passenger has not been identified. 

Captain Jim Raymond, Pasco Police Department said Officer Tony Haworth found Stoddard hiding behind cars at a mechanic shop on Lewis St. and 6th Ave. and shot him when he displayed a handgun.

"The officer was trying to give him commands to come out, he actually came out with what's believed to be a handgun and threatened the officer in some form of fashion," Raymond said. 

Police added Stoddard was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Stoddard is the fourth man to be killed by an officer involved shooting in the Tri-Cities in the last three months. 

Three of those shootings happened in Pasco.

The officer involved has been with Pasco Police for two years. He was a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy for six years before joining Pasco Police Department.  

A medical examiner plans to perform an autopsy on Stoddard on Friday. 

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