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Video: Wash. Pursuit Ends in Deadly Shooting

June 26, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Wash. Pursuit Ends in Deadly Shooting

In April, Yakima (Wash.) Police pursued a 24-year-old man as he violently rammed into police cars on an interstate onramp. The chase ended with the man's death. Local TV station KNDO received the department's video of the incident and broadcast the footage.

The incident began when a Yakima police officer pulled over 24-year-old Rolando Villanueva for driving erratically. The suspect pulled into a parking lot, but then sped away. Officers took chase.

The suspect repeatedly ran into police cruisers as he attempted to evade officers. Villanueva also ran a red light, narrowly avoiding a crash with another vehicle. He continued to drive away even after refusing police orders and being shot twice, finally hitting a center median and dying from his injuries.  

The Yakima Prosecutor's Office is still reviewing the evidence to determine if the shooting was justified. Officer Ira Cavin has since returned to the job.

Tags: Vehicle Pursuits, Pursuing Suspects, Officer Involved Shootings, Yakima (Wash.) Police Department


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Ima Leprechaun @ 6/27/2014 8:16 AM

The shooting appears justified since the suspects ability to cause deadly harm to others was proven time and time again as he deliberately rammed occupied police cars and other civilian vehicles. Stopping the pursuit quickly using deadly force was a necessary move. An autopsy will reveal any drugs or alcohol present in the suspects system.

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