SWAT and police present near 10th and Union in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, WA-

UPDATE 10/18/21 4:08 p.m. - The Special Investigations Unit confirmed today that 33-year-old Richard E. Cook was the reckless driver involved in the officer involved shooting Saturday morning.

Kennewick Police responded to a possible DUI driver at around 4:06am October 16th.

SIU relieved Kennewick Police Officers from the investigation due to the shooting involving a KPD officer, by 6:45am that morning. 

SIU met with non law-enforcement community representatives designated by Chief Hohenberg.

The SIU investigation includes both evidence collection/ scene processing, and interviews.

The investigators completed collection and scene processing on Saturday, October 16th at around 2pm. Interviews of both citizens and officers have also been conducted.

SIU confirmed that Richard E. Cook was the suspect driving the white Jeep. They also confirmed that Cook rammed his car against Officer Dylan Markley's patrol vehicle driver's door. In response to this, Officer Markley deployed force on Cook. 

Cook did sustain a gunshot wound but was transported to a local hospital, then transferred to a Seattle trauma center for further treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Officer Markley has been on the force for two years.

If anyone has information related to this investigation, they are asked to contact either of the SIU supervisors listed below:

Sergeant Marcus Connor – mconner@co.franklin.wa.us (509) 546-3353 Sergeant Scott Warren – warrens@pasco-wa.gov (509) 545-3479

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UPDATE 10/16/21 6:04 p.m. - Around 4 a.m. police responded to a possible DUI call for a driver swerving in the roadway.  The driver reportedly ran a red light in the area of W 10th Avenue and S Edison Street. 

Kennewick police arrived to the scene a short time later and located the suspect in a white Jeep Cherokee. KPD officers say they recognized the vehicle from a hit-and-run earlier in the day and other reckless driving complaints.

The suspect, a 33-year-old male, rammed the car into the police vehicle at least two times. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene followed by ramming two other patrol vehicles and a motorist.

It was during this time that a Kennewick Police Officer fired his firearm attempting to stop the action and protecting the officers from further harm. This shot struck the driver in the jeep. 

The jeep fled again but came to another stop on W 10th Avenue between S Edison St and S Union St. It was then that Regional SWAT officers were activated since the suspect would not comply with officers. SWAT officers arrested the suspect.

The officer who was in the first patrol car that was rammed by the suspect was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital for his injuries.

Kennewick Police Department confirmed they will not be involved in this investigation which is now under the multi-agency Special Investigation Unit. 

Anyone with information related to this incident, please contact SIU investigator Sgt. Marcus Conner, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, at 509-546-3353.

This is a developing story, which means information could change. We are working to report timely and accurate information as we get it

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Update 10/16/21 9:45 a.m. - Around 4 a.m. police responded to a possible DUI call for  driver swerving in the roadway. 

When police arrived, the man driving the car rammed a police car with an officer inside and then took off. 

Police chased him and eventually stopped him after he rammed another police vehicle and other cars on the road. 

Lieutenant Kiel of Kennewick Police Department says they are still investigating how the whole situation happened but a Kennewick officer shot the 33-year-old driver of the car being used to ram vehicles.

Both the officer involved in the car crashes and the 33-year-old man were taken to local hospitals for their injuries. 

Special Investigations Unit is handling the investigation since the shooting involved an officer.

There is no word on if the driver was under the influence. 

10th Avenue between Union St. and Edison St. will be blocked of for a few more hours while crews clean up and investigate. 

This is a developing story so as more information becomes available, we will be sure to keep you updated. 

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Original story: SWAT and several police units from Kennewick, Pasco, Benton County Sheriff's Office, and Franklin County Sheriff's office are present near 10th and Union in Kennewick. 

Police say there was an officer-involved shooting. No Kennewick Police officers were injured but police say the man was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. 

Part of 10th Avenue is blocked off from Union going west until Edison St. Police are still on scene.

This is a developing story, which means information could change. We are working to report timely and accurate information as we get it