Sunnyside PD releases names of cops placed on administrative leave involved in fatal shootout
The Sunnyside Police Department, yesterday afternoon, released the names of the officers who have been placed on procedural administrative leave, stemming from a shootout last Saturday night between local cops and a 23-year-old Grandview man.
Jose Carlos Campuzano, 23, was killed in the exchange of gunfire. He was a 2006 graduate of Sunnyside High School. He allegedly pulled a handgun while being removed from a vehicle he was a passenger in, thought to have been involved in a pair of random drive-by shootings just moments earlier, and opened fire on the officers.
According to the statement released yesterday by the Sunnyside Police Department, Officers Orate, Sparks, T. Orth and Ausland are the policemen who have been placed on administrative leave because of their involvement in the shooting.. That move is pending the completion of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Washington State Patrol.
The move to put the four officers on administrative leave, according to the local police department, is due to the complexity of the ongoing investigation. The Sunnyside PD indicated it anticipates having the four officers back on duty as quickly as possible.
Washington State Patrol spokesman Lt. Terry Liebrecht said the investigation should take at least a month to wrap up. Part of the investigation, he said, is determining if Campuzano had gang connections.
"We're looking into that, there's no confirmation one way or the other," he said.