UPDATE: No charges yet for Selah woman who shot, killed boyfriend

Yakima County Prosecutor elects to launch further investigation before determining charges.
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UPDATE on 9/22/21: The Yakima County Prosecutor (Joseph A. Brusic) has elected not to file charges against a Selah woman who allegedly shot and killed her boyfriend following a domestic dispute on Sept. 17.

However, Brusic believes a more extensive investigation must take place to evaluate all defenses to the fullest extent. A final decision on potential charges will be made following a thorough analysis of the situation.

No further details regarding the incident have been revealed. We have elected to withhold the woman’s name due to the sensitive nature of this incident. There is no present danger to the public stemming from this situation.

The following breaking news article from KAPP KVEW’s Emily Goodell has been left unaltered.

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SELAH, Wash. — A 51-year-old woman has been arrested after deputies said she fatally shot her boyfriend during an argument in Selah over the weekend.

According to a news release from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called Friday evening to reports that a woman had shot her boyfriend at a home in the 500 block of Irene Lane.

Arriving deputies found the woman’s boyfriend, 49-year-old Todd William Kopinski, dead inside the home with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

The woman reportedly told deputies she was fighting with the man and he attacked her.

“She admitted to shooting him,” deputies said in the release. “She then said, ‘I am a murderer, what did I do?'”

Deputies said the woman was arrested and taken in for questioning, but she did not elaborate about the man attacking her and asked for an attorney.

“Deputies observed an odor of intoxicating liquor on her breath suggesting she was intoxicated,” deputies said in the release.

The woman was booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of second-degree domestic violence murder and first-degree domestic violence manslaughter.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Sergio Reyna at 509-574-2567.

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