The Yakima County Sheriff's office says the investigation into this past Tuesday's shooting death of a 23-year-old Yakima man is continuing and investigators now believe the victim, Alfred Prather, and a friend were attempting to engage in drug purchase when Prather was killed.
The sheriff's office says a third party arranged the transaction between the buyers and sellers. At some point during the deal one of the parties attempted to "rip off" the other party and shots were fired, according to sheriff's deputies.
Deputies arrested a 20-year-old Sunnyside man on drug related charges stemming from Tuesday's incident. A second male, age 24 of Wapato, was also arrested on Department of Correction charges. Investigators are contemplating robbery charges for this person. A search warrant was executed at a residence in Sunnyside and a handgun was recovered.
Also, a 20-year-old Outlook man has been identified as a possible suspect in the shooting. Investigators are continuing to attempt to locate this person and determine the extent of his involvement.
An autopsy on Prather has been scheduled for this morning (Friday).
In other sheriff's news in the Lower Valley, a burglary and a theft have been reported since Wednesday.
A burglary was reported in the 6700 block of Sunnyside-Mabton Highway at 2:59 a.m. Thursday morning. The reporting party told deputies a person was burglarizing his house when he came home. The suspect ran off towards the Yakima River.
An automobile was reported stolen in the 3900 block of Midvale Road at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
Also since last Wednesday in the Lower Valley, deputies have dealt with one controlled substance problem, two reports of domestic violence, two juvenile problems, one runaway juvenile, one suspicious person or situation, two traffic incidents and one report of trespassing.
Deputies also assisted one citizen, recovered one stolen vehicle and provided one welfare check.