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Coroner's Inquest Into Pasco Police Shooting Set for February 23rd

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PASCO, WA. -- The date is set. Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel has told us he's adamant about an inquest into the Pasco police shooting of Antonio Zambrano. On Wednesday, we found out exactly when it'll happen.

It's been more than 8 months since Zambrano was shot several times here in front of Vinny's Bakery. And Coroner Dan Blasdel told us Wednesday, when his inquest gets started, it will be more than a year since the shooting. 

February 23rd is now the date set in stone for the coroner's inquest that Blasdel will host at the TRAC Center, after months of trying to find somewhere to hold it.

To remind you: a coroner's inquest includes a 6 person jury with one alternate, who will hear all the facts of the case and see the witnesses questioned. The entire proceeding will be open to the public. 

We asked Coroner Blasdel his thoughts on holding an inquest more than a year after the shooting happened.

"I think that it's important just to show the public how the investigation was done," Dan Blasdel said. "And let them hear and see the witnesses, that they testify in court. and then let those jurors make the decision and then that should be the end of it."

Coroner Blasdel has told us previously the inquest will cost more than the originally estimated $10,000 because he needs to hire security to keep everyone safe. But Blasdel hasn't given us a new estimate on how much. 

Last month, Prosecutor Shawn Sant decided not to charge the three Pasco Officers, Ryan Flannagan, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz. Those officers are not expected to take the stand during the inquest.