Around 100 local community and family members protested outside the Pasco City Hall on Wednesday night, and solidarity groups on Facebook indicate another protest is scheduled for Saturday. Local police have urged for calm.
The incident marks the fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco over the past year and the third at the hands of Pasco police. In July, Pasco police shot and killed 34-year-old Brad Jensen after he refused to drop a knife and indicated he wanted to “suicide by cop”, according to a statement by Pasco police. In September, Pasco police shot and killed 25-year-old Matthew Stoddard, after he had fled from police and was later discovered with a firearm, which he refused to drop, according to a statement from Pasco police.