32-year-old Kennewick Man Dead Following Officer Involved Shooting

Kennewick Police Officers confirm the suspect who died in this morning's officer involved shooting is 32-year-old Aaron Thomas Wright.

Offiers say there were several armed robberies and burglaries early this morning; a tan/silver 2003 Ford Focus was stolen.

When police saw a car that Wright was driving matching that description, they pulled the car over around 7:30 a.m.

Wright led officers on a 30-minute pursuit.

He was alone in the car.

Officer say Wright was holding a black pellet gun to his head and screaming out the window.

The front passanger side tire was blown out and Wright stopped, got out of the car and pointed his gun at officers. 

Kennewick Police Officer Joshua Kuhn then began firing at Wright.

Wright ran into a home on W. Klamath Ave.

When he came back out he pointed his gun at officers and that's when Officer Kuhn, Kennewick Police Officer Jose Santoy and Richland Police Sgt. Wayne Dubois fired shots at Wright.

It's not clear how many times Wright was hit but he was then taken to Trios Health, where he was later pronounced dead.

As part of standard procedure, the two officers and sergeant have been placed on administative leave.

It's not cleasr whether Wright was involved in the robberies and burglaries that took place this morning.

The Washington State Crime Lab is assisting local police agencies and sheriff's offices with this investigation.

An autopsy on Wright's body is pending at the Benton County Coroner's office.

Kennewick Police tell us Wright has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1995, including felony convictions for car theft and threatening to kill someone.

Several other people were handcuffed at the scene and questioned by officers, none of them are connected to this incident at this time.




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