December 13, 2013
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the fatal shooting of a drug suspect by a police officer in the Valley Mall parking lot near Taco Bell in Wenatchee. The patrol says the 43-year-old Wenatchee man died yesterday afternoon at the scene. The uniformed Wenatchee officer was assisting the Columbia River Drug Task Force in a controlled drug buy. The suspect drove into him in the parking lot in an SUV, and the officer shot the driver.
State Patrol Officer Darren Wright said the state patrol was brought in as an outside agency to conduct the investigation. Wright said officers were on the scene for over 12 hours. We will keep you updated on this incident as more details become available.