Franklin County deputy was by himself when he fatally shot man during chase

Franklin County deputy was by himself when he fatally shot man during chase
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says there were no witnesses to a deputy-involved shooting that left one man dead early Monday morning.

A new timeline of events released Friday says three deputies responded to a call of an occupied car parked in front of a home in the 2000 block of W. Fir Rd.

Deputies said the caller found the vehicle suspicious, but was unable to provide a description because it was dark outside.

Three deputies responded. The first arrived at the scene at 2:58 a.m. The other two arrived a short time later. None of them were able to find the car, so they expanded their search area.

At 3:14 a.m., a deputy encountered a speeding car near Sagehill and R-170, about 10 miles north from where the original call came from. The deputy said he was trying to stop the vehicle, which had started to flee.

At about 3:24 a.m., the driver, 28-year-old Dante Redmond Jones, stopped in the roadway, and one of the pursuing deputies approached him alone.

“The deputy contacted the driver by himself and discharged his firearm during the contact. The circumstances leading up to the discharging of the deputy’s firearm is unknown at this time as there were no additional witnesses to the incident,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The chase continued for about another minute before it ended near Sagehill and Hendricks. Deputies began rendering aid to Jones and called an ambulance.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Jones died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities.

The investigation is being handled by the Special Investigations Unit.