1982 Richland Cop Shooter Found Parolable
An Iowa parolee involved in a violent shooting of a Richland Police officer back in September 1982 has been found parolable.
Now the Fraternal Order of Police in Yakima is asking the public to contact Governor Jay Inslee and local legislators to revoke the decision to release Jerry Lain.
Lain attempted to execute officer Mike Fitzpatrick following a suspected car prowl.
While being detained, Lain eventually took control of Fitzpatrick's gun and shot him twice, including once in the face.
Fitzpatrick survived but suffered serious injuries.
Lain was convicted and received a minimum sentence of 240 months and a maximum sentence of life in prison, with review by the state's Interdeterminate Sentencing Review Board.
The board recommended Lain be released in November 2010, but Governor Chris Gregoire cancelled Lain's parole.
Now he's expected to be released on May 9th, pending Lain's submittal of a release plan.