West Richland Man, Douglas Conner, killed in officer involved shooting
BENTON CITY, Wash. – A West Richland man, was shot and killed by a Pasco police sniper on Thursday.
Benton County Sheriff's Deputies say a 49-year-old woman was being held against her will during the stand-off.
In the negotiations that went on with the deputies we learned that she was not free to leave.
Relatives say 50-year-old, Douglas Conner, was the man involved.
Authorities said Conner pointed a gun at the 49-year-old woman, keeping her hostage.
Sheriff Jerry Hatcher said, “During this incident there was several points where as we were talking to her we could hear her saying don't point the gun at me, so she was obviously in imminent danger.”
After several hours of negotiation and the man continuing to make threats, the Benton County Regional Swat team, made the call to use lethal force.
Authorities say Conner died at the scene.
Action News found out Conner served jail time for felony assault with a weapon in Washington state and was not allowed to have a gun.
Authorities also say Conner had been violent towards law enforcement in the past.
Action News spoke to Conner’s half-sister, who said this tragedy comes as a relief to her family.
Cindy said, “I am actually very thankful, I’ve had to look over my shoulder for quite a few years.”
She said Conner had a history of violence and is grateful her brother didn't harm anyone.
“I’m so thankful, I’m so thankful, he’s just kind of a crazy dangerous man, I know it was going to happen sooner or later, I just didn't know when.”
She said, “It’s easier knowing that he’s gone, he can’t hurt anybody, or take anybody else’s life.”
The case has been turned to the special investigation unit.