SIU: Sunnyside police officer shot in neck released to recover at home

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — The police officer who was shot in his neck while responding to a shootout in Yakima County’s Lower Valley has been released from a Seattle hospital to recover at home.

According to a recent update from special investigators on this October 10 incident, Officer Javier Arredondo of the Sunnyside Police Department responded to the 1400-block of S 8th St for reports of gunfire just before 8:00 p.m. PST that night.

The suspect, since identified as 43-year-old Alejandro Mario Palomarez, allegedly began to fire at the cop car as soon as it stopped and struck Officer Arredondo in the neck. He then exited his home and tried to flee on foot while first responders at the scene attended to the injured officer, special investigators say.

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Palomarez is said to have fled for roughly seven blocks before he was contacted by SWAT teams. They used less-than-lethal measures and a K9 to apprehend him. He now faces a first-degree assault charge with enhancements for trying to shoot a police officer.

Officer Arredondo was rushed to Astria Sunnyside Hospital for emergency care before being transported to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. Although the extent of his injuries was not made clear, the officer has been released from the hospital.

This is a breaking development. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.

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