A 34-year-old Pasco man is killed in an officer involved shooting this morning.
The Franklin County Coroner's Office identifies the man as Brad Jensen.
Dora Valero, who lives across the street, was watching TV in bed just before midnight when she thought she heard fireworks, but when she looked out the window, her block had turned into a scene filled with police officers, detectives and caution tape.
"I thought 'That sounds like a gun,' and there were nine shots, just one right after another," said Valero. "I was afraid, I didn't know what was going on, I didn't know if they were searching for someone."
Pasco Police officers arrived around midnight responding to a disturbance call on the 4200 block of Desert Dr. that a man had a knife.
According to officers, Jensen, who lives on that street, had his knife pulled out when they confronted him.
Police said Jensen was not complying and was then shot by officers.
Valero said she automatically knew Jensen was involved because she has seen him many times before and always wondered if he was mentally unstable.
"I've been living here for 20 years and sometimes they have the police over because there's issues going on and you know he's upset or he's done something," said Valero.
Valero always told her son to stay away from Jensen because she didn't like the way he interacted with people.
"Getting angry and yelling and carrying on with people outside or making comments of people going by," said Valero.
The officers involved are Officer Steve Thatsana, an eleven year veteran of the department and Officer Nathan Carlisle, who has been with the department for three years
Two other neighbors said they were confronted by Jensen minutes before the shooting and he was yelling at them but they couldn't understand what he was saying.
Valero said she plans on adding more surveillance cameras to her home and being more cautious of what goes on around her home.
"I'm starting to get concerned about this neighborhood, I think that crime is hitting everywhere," said Valero.
I looked into Jensen's criminal history and he has one warrant in Benton County for unpaid fines on a meth possession charge.
In Franklin County, Jensen has had several run-ins with the law over the years, including trespassing, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and a simple assault conviction that he was still on probabtion for.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as the Washington State Special Investgations Unit looks further into the matter.
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