FBI, Tribal Police Investigating Suspect’s Death in Officer-Involved Shooting
A Yakama Nation police officer was involved in a shooting near Toppenish that left one man dead Friday morning, according to a Yakima County sheriff’s spokesman.
Sgt. Mike Russell said the 42-year-old man fled from the Wapato area in a vehicle, and the tribal officer pursued him. The suspect reportedly shot at the officer during the chase. The man eventually stopped in Toppenish, got out of the car and fired multiple times at the officer.
Russell said the officer returned fire, striking the man.
The pursuit began after police answered a disturbance call around 8 a.m.
Russell said the sheriff’s office was at the scene to assist. He said the FBI and tribal police are handling the investigation.
Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins identified the shooting victim as Ira Arquette.