Deputies released from hospital after shooting incident that killed a Pasco man

NORTH FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — Three Franklin County deputies who were injured during a shooting incident that left one person dead early Monday have been released from the hospital.

Sgt. Gordon Thomasson, Dep. Andrew Gardner and Dep. Cody Quantrell were all treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. All of them have been placed on paid administrative leave per procedure for officer-involved shootings.

Franklin County Coroner Curtis McGary identified the suspect who died as 28-year-old Dante Redmond Jones of Pasco. His cause of death cannot be released at this time.

The exact timeline of events is not clear.

According to Sheriff Jim Raymond, three deputies were called to a report of a car prowler in the area of Sagehill and Rangeview roads south of Othello at 3:14 a.m.

Shortly after they arrived, they encountered a car traveling northbound on Sagehill at high speeds in the thick early morning fog. One deputy attempted to stop the driver at R-170 and Davis Lane, but the driver failed to stop, so all three began chasing after him.

At some point, a deputy reported “shots being fired,” but the exact circumstances are still under investigation, Raymond said.

The driver ended up going off the road and into a field near Sagehill and Wahluke where deputies reported a collision between the suspect’s car and a patrol vehicle at about 3:26 a.m.

Deputies rendered first aid before to the suspect before having them transported to a hospital by ambulance. The driver was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating.

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