Investigators: Pistol found at scene where Kennewick officers fatally shot man
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Investigators said they found a pistol at the scene where 45-year-old Gordon Whitaker was killed in an officer-involved shooting early Monday.
The Special Investigations Unit said Whitaker was fatally shot by Kennewick police officers on North Fruitland Street at Columbia Drive at about 12:18 a.m.
He was one of two subjects who police contacted just before the shooting that night.
The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Ofcs. Becca Henry, Zach Moore and Dylan Markley.
Ofc. Henry is a 10-year veteran of the department and a Patrol Training Officer (PTO), currently assigned to the patrol division.
Ofc. Moore joined the KPD three years ago after four years of service for the Washington State Department of Corrections as a sergeant and firearms instructor.He is currently assigned to patrol where he is a PTO and department use of force training instructor.
Ofc. Markley was hired in July 2019 and recently graduated from the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He came to the Kennewick Police Department from the Hanford Patrol, after serving in the United States Army as a medic in the 82nd Airborne Division. He is currently in the PTO phase of his training.
Police said at least one officer fired their duty weapon in response to a perceived threat, striking Whitaker. The involved officers will be placed on administrative leave during the course of the investigation.
“The investigation is in its early stages so not all the details of what happened are known to investigators at this time,” the SIU said in a news release. “More details will be released as the investigation continues.”
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Pasco Police Sgt. Jamie Raebel at his email, RAEBELJ@pasco-wa.gov, or at his office number, 509-544-3076.