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Time Between Zambrano-Montes Shooting And Police Interviews Under Scrutiny

Anna King
Northwest News Network
File photo of Franklin County Proecutor Shawn Sant and Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin at a media briefing on Tuesday, February 19.

Investigators had to ask four times for interviews with Pasco police officers who shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes on February 10.

That’s according to new information in documents released Wednesday by the Franklin County prosecutor.

All citizen interviews were finished around 45 days after the shooting. By then, investigators had made their fourth call to lawyers representing the three officers involved in the shooting.

Lawyers for Zambrano-Montes’ family say important detail may have been missed because of the lapse of time between the shooting and the officers’ testimony.

In one interview, Officer Adam Wright said Zambrano-Montes threw a rock and put another one in his right hand.

“And to me, my perception of that was, ‘Man, he’s reloading into his throwing hand. And he’s going to go at us again,’ Wright said “And…I decided I had to act.”

This audio testimony was collected May 8 -- nearly three months after the shooting.


Jessica Robinson contributed to this report.

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.