WENATCHEE — A man who was shot and killed by a Wenatchee police officer Saturday stopped coming to court-mandated chemical addiction counseling in King County in July of 2010, according to court documents.
A warrant for his arrest for failing to appear for a King County court date was issued in August of that year, according to King County Superior Court records. The warrant was still in effect when two Wenatchee police officers attempted to arrest Jeffery A. Sutherland on Saturday at his residence at 801 Kittitas St.
Investigators said Sutherland shot at the officers and one of the officers returned fire, killing Sutherland. Neither officer was injured. Investigators have declined to identify the officers involved.
Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins said Tuesday that he hoped the investigation would be completed by Friday and he could release the names of the officers that afternoon.
“We’re trying to give the guys some space and our community isn’t that big, and people would know them and call them up,” he said. “We’re trying to keep the pressure off the officers.”
The warrant on Sutherland stemmed from a King County arrest in March of 2010 on suspicion of residential burglary, theft of a firearm and possessing a stolen firearm. In April, Sutherland pleaded guilty to stealing a handgun. A judge ordered him to spend 24 months on probation, and to spend three to six months in chemical dependency treatment. He was also ordered not to possess a firearm.
The handgun that was stolen in King County was recovered by police. Investigators say the handgun that Sutherland had on Saturday was a .380 semi-automatic. It was not known who that gun was registered to.
King County Superior Court records also list three juvenile offenses for Sutherland: taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission, one count in January of 2006 out of Kitsap County, and one count in July of 2006 out of Whatcom County; and first-degree theft in 2006 out of Kitsap County.
The shooting in Wenatchee is being investigated by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol. Investigators have declined to release details of the shooting, including how many shots were fired.