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Man Killed by Pasco Police Had a Previous Altercation With Officers in 2014

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PASCO, WA. -- We talked to Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger who gave more details of this most recent officer involved shooting 

There were several times at Wednesday's press conference in which the chief referred to the Pasco Police Policy Handbook  We dug deeper for you and read the section entitled "The Limitations of Use of Deadly Force." 

In that section the policy states several instances in which deadly force is justified. One is in self defense. Another is to capture or seize a dangerous suspect. And finally deadly force is justified to stop a suspect from completing a potentially deadly act. 

Another interesting part of the police policy handbook is that officers must issue a verbal warning before they use deadly force if at all possible. 

At his press conference, Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger explained some of the reasoning behind the officers' actions. 


"A taser was also deployed with no affect on the subject," Metzger said. "With the threatening behavior by the subject toward the public and the officers during the altercation, officers immediately fired on the subject with their service weapons and the subject went down."


We did a criminal background check on the man who was shot, Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Last January, Pasco Police responded to an incident where Zambrano-Montes was hitting cars with a broom.


When officers approached, he threw several items at the officers including a rocking chair. He then tried to run. When police caught up, they claim Zambrano-Montes tried to take their police pistol out of their belt. Zambrano-Montes was treated at the hospital for using methamphetamines 


The Pasco Police identified the three officers who fired the fatal shots as Officer Ryan Flanagan, a 9-year veteran who is a Traffic Safety Officer, Officer Adam Wright, an 8-year veteran who is a Firearms Instructor and a Field Training Officer, and Officer Adam Alaniz, a 2-year veteran assigned to the Patrol Division.



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