Pasco man died from multiple gunshots in officer-involved shooting, coroner says

NORTH FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — An autopsy has determined that 28-year-old Dante Redmond Jones died from “multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities” in an officer-involved shooting early Monday morning.

Jones served in the Marines and had been a reservist at the time of his death, a Marine Corps official confirmed.

Three Franklin County deputies were involved in the shooting, which took place sometime during a vehicle pursuit on Sagehill Road that ended in a crash south of Othello.

Details provided by the sheriff’s office are limited. Here’s what we have learned so far:

Deputies initially responded to a report of a car prowler in the area of Sagehill and Rangeview roads at 3:14 a.m., according to Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond.

They spotted Jones driving northbound on Sagehill at high speeds in the thick early morning fog. One deputy attempted to stop him, but he failed to stop, so all three began chasing after him.

At some point, a deputy reported “shots being fired,” but the exact circumstances are still under investigation, Raymond said.

Jones ended up driving off the road and into a field near Sagehill and Wahluke where deputies reported a collision between the suspect’s car and a patrol vehicle at about 3:26 a.m.

Deputies rendered first aid before to Jones before having him transported to a hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Sgt. Gordon Thomasson, Dep. Andrew Gardner and Dep. Cody Quantrell were all treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. All of them have been placed on paid administrative leave per procedure for officer-involved shootings.

The Special Investigations Unit is investigating.

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