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Pasco Police Refraining From Any Questions In Officer Involved Shooting

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Many of our questions are left unanswered simply because police refuse to answer them. Many of our questions are left unanswered simply because police refuse to answer them.
PASCO, WA – Many of our questions are left unanswered simply because police refuse to answer them.

The third officer involved shooting within a month in the Tri-Cities has stirred plenty of conversation and debate. With an active investigation ongoing many questions are still unanswered in the case of Brad Jensen and the two Pasco officers who shot and killed the knife wielding man early Tuesday morning.

On Facebook we're seeing the comments sections filled with viewer's concerns. Danielle Mattos asks “why didn't they just shoot him in the leg?” Alexander Ady commented that he thinks as the Tri-Cities grows the police aren't equipped with the proper training to determine how to act in these situations.

NBC Right Now had plenty of similar questions ourselves so we started making calls. Tuesday after the first report came in from the incident we started calling the point of contact on this case, Pasco Police Public Information Officer Jim Raymond. After six attempts by phone throughout the day we didn’t hear anything back. We sent a reporter to the station just after 1 p.m. and were told he was not there, although he had already met with another media group earlier.

Wednesday morning we called again to both his office and mobile phone and got his voicemail. We called the station's main line trying to get a hold of the chief but were told we’d have to leave another voicemail for Raymond.

We did get a call back Wednesday before noon and Raymond stated that both he and Chief Bob Metzger would be commenting as the investigation performed by the special investigations unit is just beginning. Even when we asked if he'd answer questions about officer training or protocol that was not related to this specific case he said the chief has directed him not to do so.

In an email sent to all media groups in the Tri-Cities Raymond wrote the following:

There has been a tremendous amount of media interest in Pasco Officer Involved shooting incident over the past several days. The Chief of Police has directed that the police department refrain from any further media request concerning the shooting incident, or related topics, until the investigation is completed and reviewed.  

A point of clarification for those media sources that are stating our officers do not carry Tasers. This is not true. Pasco Police Officers are provided and trained in the use & carry of Tasers.    

Thank You for your cooperation.”

While the investigation continues, NBC Right Now will continue to ask the questions until we get answers. 


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