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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:34 AM

Armed blind man killed by Yakima, WA, police

https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/crime_and_courts/blind-man-killed-after-confrontation-with-yakima-pd/article_004cfacc-ea54-11e7-9465-130f28e3aef2.html

When officers arrived, they found a 31-year-old man barricaded in his apartment. The man was blind and had an “extensive criminal history” of assault behavior, police said.

Over the next five hours, officers attempted to negotiated with the man and heard him talking as if someone else was inside the apartment, according to the release.

Once they obtained a search warrant, officers eventually "breached" the door to the apartment but continued to try to negotiate with the man, officers said.

“…after a few minutes the situation deteriorated and two officers fired shots at the suspect killing him,” according to the release. A firearm was found in the apartment, officers said.


Very sad situation.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:54 AM

1. Why didn't they just shoot in tear gas to the house or something to incapacitate him?

Then if he came running out, shoot him with a tranquilizer like a wild animal...

It isn't as if he could see any of them....

I ask this by the way as a serious question....I really don't understand how this could have ended this way with him dead. There should have been other options to handle him and not just kill him.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 03:54 AM

2. Was he a person of color?

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Response to bermudat (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 04:05 AM

3. The report doesn't say

The AP reports that this guy was armed with a gun, he was barricaded in his apartment and he had a long rap sheet, all violent crimes. (If I had to bet on his ethnicity, if he's not white he's probably Hispanic. Yakima is farm country.) The AP hasn't given us a lot of information here, but my best guess is he opened fire on the cops.

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