Man shot and killed by Kennewick Police died of multiple gunshot wounds to torso and extremities, coroner says

Gordon Whitaker

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Benton County Coroner’s Office has determined the cause of death of the man shot and killed by police.

According to Bill Leach, Benton County Coroner, 45-year-old Gordon Whitaker died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities. The number and exact location of gunshot wounds on the body won’t be released until the final autopsy report is completed.

On Monday morning, authorities say Whitaker and another man were in the area of Fruitland Street and Columbia Drive. When officers approached them, police say Whitaker took off from them and allegedly showed a gun.

That’s when an unknown amount of officers fired at Whitaker, killing him at the scene. Special Investigations Unit detectives discovered a gun at the scene while processing evidence.

The three officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave. Detectives said information is limited due to the early stages of the investigation, and more details will be released once they become available.

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