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Crime, Law and Justice

New Dramatic Videos Released As Part Of Pasco Shooting Investigation

The sound and scenes of a Pasco Police shooting that have been under wraps for months are surfacing now with new detail.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a Mexican farmworker, was shot by Pasco police in February after he had been throwing rocks at a crowded intersection in the southeast Washington city. Videos, documents and audio files have been released to a web portal today by the Franklin County Prosecutor.

A graphic video showed new detail and a different angle on the Pasco shooting. A woman is laughing at the start from inside a car. But then things turned darker.

A man exclaimed in disbelief as he watched Zambrano-Montes run from police and they let off another volleys of shots.

“Are you **** serious?” the man shouted. “You don’t have **** TASERS? You don’t have TASERS or what?”

A document released with the video says police did use TASERS -- and then shot Zambrano-Montes 17 times. It’s unclear from the report how many times Zambrano-Montes was shot in the first volley, but he was hit.

According to the report, people who knew Zambrano-Montes described him as having been sad and depressed in the months before he was shot. His aunt said that it had been nine years since he had seen his daughters.

A toxicology report found he had methamphetamine in his body when he died.

Police turned in pieces of cement and rocks found at the scene to the crime lab. Zambrano-Montes’ DNA was found on a rock and a piece of cement. Investigators said the rock had blood spatters on it, as if he had been holding it when he was shot.

Reporters, lawyers and the public are combing through the report that’s been in the works since February.

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Jessica Robinson and Austin Jenkins contributed to this report.