Yakima police officer shoots man who hit patrol cars

Yakima police officer shoots man who hit patrol cars

Authorities in central Washington say a police officer shot and killed a 66-year-old motorist who struck two patrol cars during an attempted traffic stop.

Officials say Yakima police and Yakima County sheriff’s deputies responded at about 9:45 p.m. Friday to a report of a reckless driver.

Police spotted the suspect vehicle with no lights on and attempted a traffic stop. But police say the driver struck a police department vehicle and a sheriff’s vehicle, and that a Yakima police officer opened fire at the suspect’s vehicle.

Police say an undetermined number of shots struck the occupant, who died at the scene. The person’s name and gender hasn’t been released.

The Yakima Valley Special Investigative Unit is investigating.

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