Man shot by police identified


Jose Carlos pictured during his junior year at Sunnyside High School

Three days after Sunnyside police shot and killed a man they say first fired at them, the identity of the man was released to the public.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins this morning, Tuesday, identified the man as Jose Carlos Campuzano of Grandview. The determination was made by using fingerprints.

Hawkins said Campuzano was killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, head and extremities.

"The angles were pretty similar," Hawkins said of the gunshot wounds. "Two different caliber weapons were used, so more than one officer shot him."

Campuzano was shot and killed this past Saturday evening after he reportedly pulled a weapon on police at the corner of East Edison Avenue and South Sixth Street. No officers were injured in the incident.

Police had been in pursuit of a Cadillac Escalade believed to have been involved in a drive-by shooting earlier that evening.

Campuzano was driving an Escalade that same evening.

Campuzano, 23, was a 2006 graduate of Sunnyside High School according to an obituary also running in today's paper.

He was employed at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Grandview and had a son, according to the obituary.

Campuzano did not have a felony record, but had municipal and district court appearances, according to local and county records.

In a press release issued yesterday, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said the shooting was justified.

"In accordance with their training and per department policy and procedure the officers responded to the threat accordingly," Radder said.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the shooting and is responsible for all communication with the media.

Lt. Terry Liebrecht with the State Patrol said it's not known if the incident was gang-related.

He also said it's not known whether the incident is connected to a gang-related shooting of a girl in Outlook this past Friday.


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