Group seeks federal probe of deadly Pasco police shooting

PASCO, Wash. (KOMO/AP) - The leader of a Hispanic group in Pasco is asking the Justice Department to investigate the deadly police shooting last week in Pasco.

Consejo Latino Chairman Felix Vargas says he supports law enforcement in general but he believes there's a conflict of interest in the investigation by a local law enforcement team, the multi-agency Tri-City Special Investigations Unit. He says a federal investigation could accompany the local investigation.

A 35-year-old man who threw rocks at cars and officers, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, was shot last Tuesday as he tried to run away. Police said officers fired because they felt threatened. Zambrano-Montes was not armed with a gun or knife.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Vargas says the constitutional rights of Zambrano-Montes were violated.

Witnesses told the Tri-City Herald the man had run about half a block when he was killed at about 5 p.m. near the Fiesta Foods store.

The man assaulted two officers, refused to comply and withstood a shock from a stun gun, police said in a statement. Officers were forced to fire when they were threatened, the statement said.

Video shot by witnesses at the scene captures the sound of at least 13 gunshots being fired by three officers.

It was the fourth fatal shooting involving a Tri-City police officer in Pasco in the past six months. Officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in all three of the previous cases.
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