WENATCHEE — Jeffery A. Sutherland is the man shot and killed by a Wenatchee police officer Saturday.
The 24-year-old was living at 801 Kittitas St., where the shooting occurred, said John Wisemore, Chelan County undersheriff whose department is investigating the shooting. Wisemore released the man’s name this morning after next of kin had been notified.
Wisemore declined to name the police officers involved in the altercation that led up to the shooting. The undersheriff said investigators need time to interview them before the officers are “bombarded” with questions from the public.
On Monday, Wisemore said that only one Wenatchee police officer shot and killed the 24-year-old. 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.
Sutherland was killed about 2 p.m. Saturday when police attempted to take him into custody on a felony warrant. The King County warrant was for theft of a firearm, Wisemore said. That firearm was not the same one Sutherland had when he was shot. The weapon fired by Sutherland was a .380 semi-automatic, the undersheriff said.
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 that initial information on the child’s age was incorrect. He said the child is doing “OK” 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 Sutherland, Wisemore said. When they contacted Sutherland 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.”
Janna Warren, Sutherland’s sister, said Monday that Sutherland was the father of the baby involved in the medical incident. “He was a new father, and I don’t think he would shoot at police officers,” she said. “I think there has been a mistake.”
She said she and her brother grew up in Bremerton. She said she did not know what her brother did for a living.
“He has a mother who loves him very much and is totally devastated,” Warren said.