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Officer Gillette Back on the Beat After Being Cleared

Yakima Police
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Yakima Police officer Casey Gillette is back on the job after being cleared in a fatal shooting at a Yakima car wash in January.

Capt. Jeff Schneider says Gillette was back on duty on Saturday. He says anytime an officer goes through a fatal shooting it impacts his or her life.

It’s not like TV where people get shot every night and they get over it. It’s something that will stay with an officer for the rest of their career and probably the rest of their life.

The Yakima County Prosecutor’s office ruled last week that Gillette was justified in the shooting of 23-year-old Rosendo Arias after Arias pointed a gun at the officer. It turned out to be plastic air gun.

Schneider says Gillette went through counseling before returning to service.

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