Man Killed in Shootout With Sunnyside Police Identified
The Yakima County Coroner identifies the man shot and killed by a Sunnyside police officer as 23 year old Jose Carlos Campuzano of Grandview.
Sunnyside police are not releasing the names of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in downtown Sunnyside Saturday night, they're not even saying how many officers were involved.
Orange markings can still be seen on Sixth Avenue near Edison, made by police investigating the fatal shooting. Sunnyside police say officers stopped a car with three people inside believed to involved in another shooting several blocks away just moments before.
Police say they were trying to arrest 23 year old Jose Carlos Campuzano of Grandview, when he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at officers, who then fired back, killing him.
"Police officers were faced with a situation that's become all too well know to officers in the state of Washington, over the last year and a half, being targeted by gunfire," says Chief Ed Radder.
The Washington State Patrol is now investigating, toxicology tests will reveal whether Campuzano was on drugs at the time of the shooting.
It happened right outside Norma Lopez's shoe store, she thinks police are powerless to stop the violence in her community.
"I think we're getting to a point where police officers, the city's doing something about it, but it's not getting any better," says Lopez.
Investigators will also run tests on the gun used by Campuzano in the shootout with Sunnyside police, to see if it's the same weapon used in the fatal shooting of an Outlook teen last week. Police say gang members shot and killed 17-year old Diane Lopez in the doorway of her own home Thursday night.
Police say the officers will remain on administrative leave during the investigation, but they won't say how long the investigation will take.
Toxicology tests on Campuzano and ballistic tests on the gun may take several weeks to complete.