WENATCHEE — Only one Wenatchee police officer shot and killed a 24-year-old man Saturday afternoon at a Wenatchee residence.
John Wisemore, Chelan County undersheriff, provided that information Monday morning. A press release put out by the Sheriff’s Office shortly after the shooting stated that “officers” had returned fire when the man shot at officers.
Wisemore said Monday afternoon that it had been unclear initially whether one or both of the officers at the scene fired their weapons. “It was simply to advise there was, in fact, a return of fire from police,” Wisemore said Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol are investigating the shooting, which happened about 2 p.m. at 801 Kittitas St. Wisemore declined to release the names of the man who was killed or the police officer who shot him. He said the names would be released later, as the investigation continues. The dead man’s next of kin has not all been notified, Wisemore said.
The man was killed when police attempted to take him into custody on a felony warrant. The warrant was out of King County and was for theft of a firearm. That firearm was not the same one used in the shooting, Wisemore said. The weapon fired by the man who died was a .380 semi-automatic.
Wisemore said two officers had been at the Kittitas Street residence shortly before the shooting to assist medical personnel who were responding to a call about a 1-month-old child who had stopped breathing. Wisemore said this morning that initial information on the child’s age was incorrect. He said the child is doing “OK” today but he did not have details on the child’s condition. He did not know if the infant was related to the man who died.
After officers left the residence, they learned that there was a warrant out for a man at the house, Wisemore said. When they contacted the man inside the residence, he fired at the officers, and then one officer shot back, Wisemore said.
“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.”