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Kennewick, Washington State — On August 22, 2022, just before 10:30 a.m. Kennewick Police Department Officers were dispatched to the Circle K at 7707 W. Deschutes Ave. for a welfare check of a person who was sleeping in a vehicle, parked by a fuel pump. Two Benton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were near the area and stopped to assist the KPD Officers. Deputies and Officers attempted to wake up James West in the vehicle. The Officer attempted to de-escalate the situation. West put what appeared to be a screwdriver into the ignition of the vehicle.
The Officer then opened the door and ordered West out of the vehicle. From the Deputy’s view on the passenger side of the vehicle, West reached for a firearm on his right side. West exited the vehicle and ran on foot, away from the scene. West ran North on Columbia Center Blvd. through the intersection of Columbia Center Blvd. and Deschutes Ave. A KPD Officer fired a less lethal taser at West in an effort to stop him. But it had no effect on him and he continued to run toward a apartment complex on 425 North Columbia Center Blvd. As West ran down the sidewalk, he removed a gun from his waist. Officers and Deputies gave multiple commands to West to drop the gun.
West refused to comply with their commands and fired his weapon. West then ran into an apartment complex. West raised the firearm to his own head. Deputies and Officers gave West commands to drop the gun, but he did not comply with their commands. The Deputy fired their weapon at West. He fell to the ground and an Officer announced the firearm is next to the suspect. Deputies and Officers ordered West to roll away from the gun and he complied. Deputies and Officers arrested West and provided him with first aid, and called for paramedics. It was determined West was not struck by gunfire. West was transported to a local hospital and was later released. He is booked into the Benton County Corrections Center.
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