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Washington Officer Cleared In Year-old Shooting Returns to Duty

October 03, 2010  | 

A Kennewick (Wash.) Police officer who fatally shot a subject who tried to ram his vehicle backward  into the motor officer's bike has returned to full duty, after being cleared in the shooting, the Tri-City Herald reports.

Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg announced that a shooting review board found that Officer Lee Cooper's action on Sept. 14, 2009, was "lawful and proper."

Cooper, a motorcycle officer, shot and killed 39-year-old Christopher Villarreal, of Richland. A federal investigation also found that Cooper didn't violate the civil rights of Villarreal.

Read the full story at Tri-CityHerald.com.

Tags: Internal Investigations, Motor Patrol, Officers Exonerated


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