Wild weekend leads to honors for Walla Walla police officers

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Editor’s Note at 11:40 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 14, 2021: It’s come to my attention that I misinterpreted some of the information from this press release. Our goal at YakTriNews.com is to provide factually-accurate and compelling reporting for Eastern Washington. The following article has been updated to reflect the critical situations that Walla Walla police officers dealt with over the weekend. Thank you for your understanding and I promise to be better in the future.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — It was a particularly hectic weekend for Walla Walla police officers, which led to a moment of great recognition for officers who stepped up to meet these challenges head-on.

It was announced on Wednesday morning that Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber handed out letters of commendation for three policemen: Officer Michael Earney, K9 officer Eric Eastman and officer David Garland.

Officer Earney was commended for his response to a shotgun-wielding male who threatened a woman and her son on the evening of Thursday, January 7, 2021. After a lengthy conflict, Officer Earney successfully incapacitated the suspect before he could return to his shotgun.

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On Friday, January 8, 2021, Officer Eastman suddenly responded to a shooting near Stadium Dr. in Walla Walla. He promptly sprung into action, directing victims away from the area and settling the dispute on his own. The suspect exited a house with a gun in his hand but turned himself over to police custody before anyone else was harmed.

The next day around 11:00 a.m., Officer Garland responded to an urgent mental health crisis in which one person allegedly threatened to end their own life. After responding to the scene with Captain Eric Wood from the Walla Walla Fire Department, Officer Garland tackled the man as he adjusted his rope.

Authorities detained the man and took him to a nearby hospital for further care.

For Chief Bieber, the driving factor in recognizing his officers was “the amazing performance, restraint and use of training, both physically and mentally by these officers over the weekend.

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