Police in Washington state shot a man to death after he threw rocks at them, officials said on Wednesday. A video uploaded on YouTube drew criticism of officers’ actions.
Officers Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright, and Adrian Alaniz arrived at the parking lot of a Fiesta Foods grocery store around 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, where suspect Antonio Zambrano-Montes threw rocks at them, Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger said in a statement.
The officers attempted to use a stun gun to incapacitate Zambrano-Montes after he would not obey commands to surrender, before they opened fire and killed him, the statement said.
A video of the incident posted on YouTube and cited by local media showed the man running away from the three officers before he was killed.
According to Fox News (Don’t judge me), 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes was a homeless man.
the In video, the man can be sen moving across the street away from the pursuing policemen.
He turns to face them briefly, lifting his right arm when they open fire.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington called the incident “very disturbing.”
“Fleeing from police and not following an officer’s command should not be sufficient for a person to get shot,” ACLU of Washington Director Kathleen Taylor said in a statement, according to the Seattle Times.
According to police, two officers were hit by rocks during the incident. The officers were treated at the scene, and the extent of their injuries is not known. According to a witness, none of the rocks hit the officers.
What is known, is that the homeless man is dead.
The officers were placed on administrative leave, as per department policy. This shooting marks the fourth officer-involved killing in Pasco in the last six months.
The police chief said “the investigation into the shooting would take a significant amount of time.”
According to the family, the victim was an orchard worker who spoke very little English and suffered from depression.
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