Pasco Police identify man shot in officer-involved shooting
PASCO, Wash.– Pasco Police Department responded to a violent domestic dispute call on the 900 block of S. 9th Avenue just before midnight Saturday. When officers arrived, they confronted 31-year old Edwin Espejo, who was involved in the dispute.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Pasco Police said Espejo was in a basement with two young children and was agitated. When officers arrived, they attempted to negotiate with Espejo to release the children. After a short negotiation, police said Espejo released the children and they were moved upstairs.
Officers then saw a handgun next to Espejo and ordered him not to touch it. Police said the suspect did not comply with officers’ commands and a Taser was deployed before Espejo began firing the handgun at officers.
Three officers began firing back at the suspect and then administered medical aid before Espejo was transported to Kadlec Medical Center. He underwent surgery for his gunshot wounds and is expected to recover.
The officers involved were not injured, though one of Espejo’s rounds struck an officer in the pant leg, not hitting the actual leg. They are on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.
The officers involved were Officer Matt Griffin, Officer John D’Aquila, and Reserve Officer, David Dillsworth.
Police said Espejo is a convicted felon and has had prior arrests for domestic violence.
The regional Special Investigations Unite (SIU) is now handling the investigation. The Washington State Patrol State Crime Lab response team is also going to assist SIU with processing evidence.