Man dies after police chase, standoff in Prosser

Man dies after police chase, standoff in Prosser

PROSSER, Wash. – A 56-year-old Grandview man is dead after leading police on a chase in a stolen car from Yakima to Prosser.

The chase began in Yakima County when a Washington State Trooper tried to stop the vehicle for speeding. The driver of the car tried to elude the trooper and after running the license plates WSP found out the car was stolen.

Yakima County deputies joined troopers in trying to stop the driver of the stolen car, who at one point was seen driving with a pistol in his hand.

The chase crossed into Benton County around 6:40 p.m. Monday night and the driver finally stopped near Rothrock Rd and Snipes Rd.

Deputies and the SWAT team negotiated with the man to get out of the car for four hours, they say the driver of the stolen car was confrontational with the officers and threatened suicide by police.

When deputies finally were able to attempt to take the driver into custody he became combative and deputies tased him. Deputies say minutes after he was taken into custody the driver stopped breathing and was rushed to a nearby ambulance where medics continued CPR. After finding his pulse a couple of times medics say his pulsed eventually stopped and he was pronounced dead.

Inside the vehicle officers located some pills, a meth pipe, other drug paraphernalia, and the pistol.

The man’s name is being withheld until proper notifications can be made.

The investigation has been turned over to the Special Investigations Unit.

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