Three Pasco police officers fired a total of 17 gunshots at Antonio Zambrano-Montes on Feb. 10, hitting him 5 to 6 times, a member of a police task force announced Wednesday afternoon.
None of the shots hit the Mexican man in the back, Sgt. Ken Lattin with the Kennewick Police Department said during a news conference. Lattin is spokesman for the multiagency Tri-Cities Special Investigations Unit (SIU) overseeing the investigation into the Zambrano-Montes shooting.
It hasn’t been determined whether Zambrano-Montes was holding a rock when he was shot. Lattin said police are still reviewing video of the shooting.
He said a rock was found near his body.
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Lattin said the final medical examiner’s report into the shooting is not expected to be completed for another four weeks.
Police had earlier said Zambrano-Montes was not armed with a knife or handgun when he was fatally shot by the three officers.
Authorities say Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican immigrant and former orchard worker, was throwing rocks at officers during an encounter at a busy Pasco intersection. A stun gun used by police failed to subdue him. He was shot after he ran across an intersection.
The shooting was captured on video by a witness and has sparked protests in Pasco and Seattle.
In the bystander’s video, five “pops” are audible, and Zambrano-Montes can be seen running away, pursued by three officers. As the officers draw closer, he stops, turns and faces them. Multiple “pops” are heard, and he falls to the ground.
The Franklin County coroner has ordered an inquest into the death, and federal authorities are monitoring the task force’s probe. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for a federal investigation.
The Special Investigations Unit looking into the shooting, composed mainly of local law-enforcement agencies, has vowed it will conduct a “professional investigation that is free of conflicts of interest.”