Pasco Police Officer-Involved Shooting Information
In the interest of informing the public following the February 10, 2015 Pasco Police-involved shooting, this page has been set-up to act as a "clearinghouse" of information and resources from the City of Pasco.
An officer-involved shooting occurred on February 10, 2015 in the area of 10th Avenue and Lewis Street which resulted in the death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. A detailed account of the events of February 10 was published by the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office. Officers involved in this incident were:
- Officer Ryan Flanagan
- Officer Adam Wright
- Officer Adrian Alaniz
In accordance with department policy, the officers were immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Tri-City Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and internal investigations.
The Tri-City Special Investigations Unit conducted the criminal investigation of this incident. The purpose of the SIU is to investigate officer-involved incidents that occur within Benton and Franklin Counties which involve great bodily harm or death. The SIU conducted a criminal investigation to develop relevant information to allow a determination by the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office of the presence or absence of criminal liability on the part of those involved in the incident. The Kennewick Police Department led this SIU investigation with a total of 15 investigators from the following agencies: Kennewick Police, Richland Police, Benton County Sheriff, Franklin County Sheriff, and the Washington State Patrol. Please note that the Pasco Police Department was not part of the SIU investigation.
- Upon completion of the SIU investigation, the report was forwarded on May 28, 2015 to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office for review. The Prosecutor's Office released the report to the public (in weekly installments) through the summer of 2015.
- Officer Flanagan voluntarily resigned from the Department in July 2015.
- On September 9, 2015, the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office announced that it was not bringing criminal charges against the officers involved. The City affirmed the City's respect of the legal process and re-emphasized that the Pasco Police Department was not involved in the independent investigation, nor did the Department or City of Pasco participate in the Prosecutor's decision.
- On September 23, the Department announced the completion of the internal review and the outside independent investigation conducted by the Police Policy Studies Council. Due to civil lawsuits filed against the City of Pasco related to the incident, on the advice of counsel, police and City officials are unable to further comment on the internal investigation.
- Press Release: Internal Investigation - English (PDF)
- Press Release: Internal Investigation - Español (PDF)
- Pasco Police Internal Investigation Report - English (PDF)
- Pasco Police Internal Investigation Report - Español (PDF)
- Police Policy Studies Council Report - English (PDF)
- Police Policy Studies Council Report - Español (PDF)
- On June 21, 2016, Michael Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that his office was not bringing federal criminal charges against the officers involved.
- On September 8, 2016, Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, announced that his office was not bringing state criminal charges against the officers involved after directed by Washington State Governor Inslee to review the County Prosecutor's decision. The City appreciates the additional layers of review of this case as it helps with public confidence of the process. The Police Department will continue their community outreach and trust building efforts.
- The Franklin County Coroner conducted a Coroner's Inquest in December 2016 where the inquest jury found the officers actions justified.
- The City and its insurance carrier settled the civil lawsuit in May 2018.
The Pasco Police Department has worked with its partners and initiated efforts to better serve our residents. The following are some examples of those efforts:
- The Department has obtained State Accreditation.
- Exploring best-practices from police chiefs around the country by having the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) conduct a review of policies and training of the Department (PDF).
- The Department has worked with the Pasco Fire Department and local mental health professionals to implement a "Hotspotters" program to bring mental health services to residents in immediate need.
- The Department is working to deploy body cameras to all patrol officers.
- The City and Department have been meeting with the ACLU of Washington and local concerned residents on issues around police training and the use of force and recently completed their collaboration on the Department's updated use of force policy.
- Participating in the Latino Civic Alliance's Community Visioning Project to better connect law enforcement and the community.
- Improving communication of the process for police complaints.
- Expanding Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to more officers. More than 80% of officers have received CIT training.
- In response to a request for assistance from United States Attorney Michael C. Ormsby and Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced in May 2015 it was offering technical assistance and training to the Pasco Police Department. COPS concluded its assistance in September 2017 (PDF) and noted, "Since May 2015, the PPD has been making great strides to improve the relationship with the community and the communication throughout the agency. The PPD is actively engaging with the community through social media in an impressive manner and becoming a standout agency for its presence…All of these efforts were coordinated, prepared, and executed through the dedication, commitment, and assistance from the personnel at the PPD. The COPS Office has been honored to provide technical assistance support to the PPD, and we commend you on your efforts."
- Participation in the DOJ's Community Relations Service process.
- Coordinated regular meetings with local clergy, specifically Latino churches, to improve relations and understanding.
- The Department was the first agency in the area to implement a citizen academy, and, in 2016, launched a Spanish language-only academy.
- Implementing social media (Facebook and Twitter) sites that help improve communication with the community, and launching Spanish language versions.
- Expanding recruitment efforts, focusing on individuals who appreciate serving and reflect diverse communities. The Department encourages bi-lingual applicants and has created a bi-lingual civil service recruitment list. The Department continues to offer pay bonuses for officers proficient in Spanish. These efforts have increased the bi-lingual staff by 50%.
- In conjunction with the COPS office to help open lines of communications and problem-solving with community members, the Department has started "Coffee with a Cop". "Coffee with a Cop" brings police officers and the community members they serve together in a neutral & casual setting to discuss issues and learn more about each other.
- Cooperated with the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs that held listening sessions in spring 2015 at Columbia Basin College for members of the public to speak to local, state, and federal officials about the shooting. The Commission, along with members of the City Council and the Department of Justice Community Relation Service (CRS), also held a Hispanic Community Forum in April 2015, hosted by St. Patrick's Parish in Pasco.
This unfortunate incident has caused concern within our community, and the City of Pasco and Pasco Police Department appreciate the continuing efforts of the Department of Justice, local community leaders, and residents to achieve a better understanding of the challenges we face together.
Pasco Police Public Information Officer:
Deputy Chief Ken Roske
Email Ken Roske
Press releases from the City and other related documents are below regarding this incident.
- City of Pasco Press Release - COPS Conclusion - September 21, 2017 (PDF)
- DOJ COPS Office - Acknowledgement of Conclusion - September 21, 2017 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release - Coroner Inquest - December 14, 2016 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release - COPS/PERF Report - August 22, 2016 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release - COPS/PERF Report - August 22, 2016 - Espanol (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release, U.S. Attorney's Decision, June 21, 2016 (PDF)
- US Attorney Press Release, June 21, 2016 (PDF)
- Pasco Police Update, February 2016 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release: ACLU Report - English, February 10, 2016 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release: ACLU Report - Espanol, February 10, 2016 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release: Franklin County Prosecutor's Decision - English, September 9, 2015 (PDF
- City of Pasco Press Release: Franklin County Prosecutor's Decision - Espanol, September 9, 2015 (PDF
- City of Pasco Press Release: U.S. District Court Lawsuit, September 3, 2015 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release: SIU Report Release, July 1, 2015 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release: April 11 Protest (PDF)
- DOJ Conciliation Services Statement, March 24, 2015 (PDF)
- Pasco Police Press Release: Peace March 2-14-15 (PDF)
- City of Pasco Press Release: City Council Statement, February 13, 2015 (PDF)
- Response to Consul of Mexico, February 13, 2015 (PDF)
- Pasco City Council Workshop, May 11, 2015 (Agenda Item 4d: "Procedural Explanation - Ongoing Investigation")
- Pasco City Council Regular Meeting, February 17, 2015 (Agenda Item 5: "Visitors" and Item 11: "Miscellaneous Discussion")
- Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger Press Conference, February 11, 2015