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Richland man involved in police shooting faces felony charges

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Richland man was arrested after a vehicle drove straight toward a Kennewick police officer, leading him to fire two rounds at their vehicle, according to police.

Joe Castaneda Jr., 35, faces four counts of felon in possession of a firearm. He will also be reviewed by the Benton County Prosecutor's Office for felony assault. 

Around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call about a disturbance involving firearms in the 900 block of North Cleveland in Kennewick.

Officer Drew Sneyd, a 15 year KPD veteran, had just stepped out of his patrol car when the Castaneda Jr. drove toward him. The officer fired two shots from his patrol rifle, police said.

The suspect vehicle drove away at high speeds and crashed at Canal Drive and Perry Street. Three occupants were immediately detained. Detectives interviewed them and two passengers were released, police said. 

Castaneda Jr. has been placed on a 72-hour investigative hold at the Benton County Jail. 

Officer Sneyd is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for all law enforcement officers involved in a shooting. 

No one was hurt in this incident. 


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