WENATCHEE — A 24-year-old man died from police gunfire here Saturday during an attempt to take him into custody on a felony warrant.
The man fired a gun at two Wenatchee Police officers, and they returned fire, said a spokesman for the team investigating the officer-involved shooting. The officers were not injured, but the suspect died at the scene.
Names of the suspect and the two police officers have not been released.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol are investigating the shooting. Protocol on officer-involved shootings stipulates that outside agencies perform such investigations.
Undersheriff John Wisemore said the incident at 801 Kittitas St. occurred just after 2 p.m. — not long after Wenatchee police had left the residence following a medical call for a 1-year-old child that had stopped breathing.
A Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Department crew were first responders to the medical call, said Police Chief Tom Robbins. Details of the child’s treatment and condition were not available Saturday night.
Officers also responding to the medical call left the residence but returned when they learned of the outstanding felony warrant, said Wisemore. When they contacted the male inside the residence, he fired at the officers, said Wisemore. Officers shot back.
“Officers began administering medical assistance on the suspect immediately and requested an ambulance,” Wisemore said in a press release. “Paramedics arrived a short time later, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.”
Neighbors said they saw police officers enter the apartment and then heard three shots.
“There’s a dead man in that apartment, I’m sure of it,” said one woman who wouldn’t give her name. She was visiting a friend on Kittitas Street at the time of the shooting.
More information will be released as the investigation continues, said Wisemore.