State Patrol ID's two mothersin Escalade

The other two people in the green Cadillac Escalade at the heart of an officer-involved shooting this past Saturday have been identified by the Washington State Patrol.

Luis Perucho-Cambron, 23, was listed as the driver of the vehicle and Juan Martinez, 27, was riding in the rear passenger area of the vehicle.

Jose C. Campuzano was in the front passenger seat at the time the vehicle was stopped in downtown Sunnyside. That was after eyewitness reports that the Escalade was involved in two shots fired calls this past Saturday evening.

The State Patrol says Campuzano exited the vehicle and opened fire on Sunnyside police when they tried to remove Perucho-Cambron from the vehicle. Officers returned fire and Campuzano was killed.

Lt. Terry Liebrecht is a spokesperson for the State Patrol, and he said neither Perucho-Cambron nor Martinez have been charged with a crime.

Liebrecht said it is standard procedure to ask people to step out of a vehicle when a shooting has been reported.

"When a vehicle has been reported with shots firing from it, that's a high-risk stop," Liebrecht explained. "It's slow, methodical. Precautions are taken to make sure no one is injured."

He added, "You don't know who has a gun, if it's a passenger or the driver. It depends on each situation. You have to deal with each one as it unfolds."

The State Patrol is investigating the shooting at the Sunnyside Police Department's request.

The investigation here should take at least a month, Liebrecht told the Daily Sun News, because video records from the police cars were not available.

In a press release issued today, Thursday, the Sunnyside Police Department reiterated that none of its patrol vehicles are equipped with cameras due to budgetary concerns when the vehicles were purchased.

Liebrecht said at the completion of the investigation, the State Patrol will give its report to the Yakima County Prosecutor's office for a formal review.


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