KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Special Investigation Unit is investigating a shooting involving a Washington State Patrol trooper.
SIU detectives responded to a request by WSP, District 3 Captain Shane Nelson to investigate the incident per the Washington Administrative Code 139-12-030.
On May 21, just before 6 a.m., a WSP trooper approached a disabled motorist stopped on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 82 near milepost 109, east of the E. Badger Road exit in Kennewick.
The trooper notified WSP Communications that the individual appeared to be in distress and requested aid.
Just after 6 a.m., the officer-involved shooting incident occurred. The individual and the WSP troopers were not struck by gunfire. The individual was taken into custody, medically cleared by EMS, and booked into the Benton County Jail.
The involved trooper is on paid administrative leave due to WSP policy. SIU relieved the involved agency’s personnel by 7:30 a.m. on May 21.
SIU has met with the non-law enforcement community representatives designated by Sheriff Croskrey after the initial investigation had begun by SIU investigators.