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Pasco Officer Involved Shooting Ruled Justified

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The officer involved shooting death of Matthew Stoddard was ruled a homicide. It was the fourth special investigation of its kind in 2014. The officer involved shooting death of Matthew Stoddard was ruled a homicide. It was the fourth special investigation of its kind in 2014.
PASCO, WA – The officer involved shooting death of Matthew Stoddard was ruled a homicide.

It was the fourth special investigation of its kind in 2014. Matthew Stoddard was shot and killed by a Pasco police officer on September 24th after he pointed an air soft pistol in the officer's direction.

As NBC Right Now has reported previously the Special Investigations Unit is made up of law enforcement from each of the Tri-Cities.  After the facts were gathered it's believed the officers in question acted appropriately.

Stoddard was driving a stolen car and when officers tried to stop him he ran and hid in a nearby parking lot behind vehicles. The dash-cam video released to the press shows the initial police response to area and after about 14 minutes of searching the area five gunshots can be heard. The air soft gun that Stoddard was holding even had an attached light.

"Now as you can see from the pictures very clearly it appeared to the officer to be an eminent threat being a .45 or 9mm. I would defy anybody here to look at that and not think of it as a gun, particularly when you have a person that you're telling to drop the weapon, he's not doing it; he continues to come out after the officer," said Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger.

The Stoddard family has stated they think the officers acted too fast in the interaction. Less than six months prior Matthew was still serving his third prison term.

The Pasco officer who fired the shots will likely go back to his normal shift duties in the next coming days according to Chief Metzger. 
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