KENNEWICK, WA - The victim and the officers involved in Sunday night's fatal officer-involved shooting have been identified, and more information has been released.
At about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Kennewick police officers contacted two adult men during a patrol in the area of N. Fruitland Street and Columbia Park Trail. While trying to identify the men, one of them - 45-year-old Gordon L. Whitaker, tried to run away and was detained, during which he allegedly pulled what appeared to be a gun.
At least one officer fired their weapon in response to the perceived threat, shooting Whitaker. Officers provided immediate medical aid but Whitaker died at the scene. No one else was injured.
The regional Special Investigations Unit was immediately requested to investigate, and found a handgun while processing evidence the scene about a half hour after the shooting.
The Benton County Coroner says the Whitaker was shot multiple times in the torso and extremities, but could not confirm specific locations.
The involved officers have been identified by the Kennewick Police Department as Officer Becca Henry, Officer Zach Moore and Officer Dylan Markley.
KPD says Officer Henry is a 10-year veteran with KPD and is a Patrol Training Officer (PTO); Officer Moore has been with KPD for 3 years and is a PTO and department use of force training instructor; and Officer Markley was hired in July 2019 and recently graduated from the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and is currently in the PTO phase of his training.
The involved officers will be placed on administrative leave during the course of the investigation. For more detailed background information on the officers, view Kennewick Police Department's Facebook page.
More details will be provided as they become available.