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Tuesday, December 18, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Wapato police kill man while responding to call

WAPATO, Wash. – One man is dead and an officer is recovering from injuries following a police shooting in Wapato.

Chief Rick Needham says officers were responding to a domestic violence call at 8:15 p.m. Sunday when one of the officers shot the man.

Needham identified the man as 38-year-old Mario Martinez Torres. Needham says officers tried CPR but were unsuccessful. Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said Torres suffered multiple gunshot wounds and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

One officer was treated for injuries at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and released. Needham on Tuesday morning declined to say how or how seriously the officer was injured. The second officer suffered injuries that didn’t require medical attention.

The Yakima Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office are reviewing the shooting. Both officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard for police shootings.


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