Lamb Weston employee fired over pulling gun at Richland protest

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Lamb Weston employee who was arrested after pulling a gun during a peaceful protest in Richland last week has been fired from his job, a company spokesperson said Monday.

Police arrested Brandon Bourne, 32, for allegedly using his gun to intimidate Black Lives Matter protesters on George Washington Way outside the Richland Police Department Friday afternoon.

He was let go from his job “because he wore his Lamb Weston uniform while engaging in conduct that conflicts with our company values,” Lamb Weston spokeswoman Shelby Stoolman said in an email.

According to witnesses, Bourne was walking on the sidewalk next to protesters with a pistol holstered on his hip and an American flag in his hand, chanting “all lives matter.”

He got into an argument with some of the protesters, who then asked him to leave. Video obtained by KAPP-KVEW shows him pulling out a pistol moments later. No one was injured.

After speaking to witnesses and reviewing videos of the incident, police arrested Bourne and booked him at the Benton County Jail on an investigative hold for displaying a weapon to intimidate.

Idaho-based Lamb Weston is one of the world’s largest producers of frozen potato products. The company has a large processing plant in Pasco.