Prosecutor: Yakima police officer justified in shooting at pickup that ran over him
YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Brusic said a Yakima police sergeant who shot at a vehicle that struck him and another officer will not face criminal charges.
Brusic said he reviewed the findings of an investigation by the Yakima Valley Special Investigation Unit, which is in charge of officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.
“From everything that I saw, it was clearly a justifiable use of a potential deadly force in this circumstance,” Brusic said.
At about 2:25 p.m. on Jan. 5, officers were called to the Walmart at 1600 E. Chestnut Ave., where citizens noticed a vehicle that was stolen during a robbery in the Lower Valley earlier that week.
Officers asked the suspect — 44-year-old Salvador Munoz-Gonzalez — and a passenger sitting in the stolen pickup truck to get out of the vehicle. Munoz-Gonzalez reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle and sped away, hitting a YPD patrol car and running over Sgt. Mike Henne and Sgt. Mark Grow in the process.
According to court documents, Henne fired a single shot at the pickup truck as it fled and both officers ended up in the hospital with broken legs. Munoz-Gonzalez led police on a more than 100 mph chase through Terrace Heights before crashing on Roza Hill Drive.
Muñoz-Gonzalez was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, eluding police and two counts of first-degree assault. The passenger was released after being questioned by police.
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