Four officers taken off regular patrol following cop shootout last Saturday night

Four Sunnyside police officers have been temporarily placed on administrative reassignment following the officers-involved shooting death of Jose Carlos Campuzano this past Saturday.

That was confirmed this morning, Wednesday, by State Patrol Lieutenant Terry Liebrecht.

"It's standard procedure, it doesn't mean they've done anything wrong," said Liebrecht, a spokesman for the State Patrol, which is investigating the shooting.

Liebrecht declined to identify the four officers.

He said it's too early to tell how many officers shot Campuzano.

At least two officers were involved as bullets from two different caliber weapons were found by the county coroner when performing an autopsy on Campuzano.

Liebrecht said two officers had one caliber of weapon and the other two had a different type.

He said tests on the bullets and the guns still need to be conducted to determine their source. "We have to compare trajectories and the bullets to the guns," said Liebrecht. "That process takes a little bit longer."

He said Campuzano was shot and killed after he exited the Cadillac Escalade from the front passenger seat and fired twice at police.

Liebrecht said the exchange took place when officers were removing the driver from the car and Campuzano opened fire at police.

Police stopped the Escalade near the intersection of Edison Avenue and Sixth Street after two witnesses reported the vehicle was involved in gunfire at the 300 block of North Street and again at the intersection of First Street and Warehouse Avenue.

Liebrecht said it's believed Campuzano fired the gun at both locations, but shot in the air and not at buildings or people.

According to the Sunnyside police activity log for Saturday, officers responding to the call about shots fired at First and Warehouse were Chris Sparks, Erica Rollinger, Scott Orate and Oliver Hernandez.

That, however, does not necessarily mean they were the ones who shot Campuzano or were placed on administrative reassignment.

It will take at least a month for the State Patrol to complete its investigation, says Liebrecht, which is routine after an officer-involved shooting.

He noted there is also a two or three-week wait for Campuzano's toxicology report.

The Sunnyside investigation will take longer because there were not video cameras in use in any of the patrol cars. "We'll have to look at the evidence, the officers' statements, witness statements," Liebrecht said.


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