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Bill tops $18,000 from firm hired to protect police officers

The Sunnyside City Council voted unanimously last night (Monday) to pick up the tab for protecting Sunnyside police officers involved in a deadly shooting on April 30.

Council agreed to pay $18,260 to the Phoenix Protective Corporation.

The repercussions of the event have been numerous, according to the resolution passed last night. Four officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Shortly after the incident the Daily Sun News, using open public records, published the names of four officers that had been involved in a drive-by shooting call right before the deadly shooting. Shortly after that the Sunnyside Police Department released the last names of the officers involved in the shooting that claimed the life of a 23-year-old man, whom police say exited a vehicle and opened fire on officers.

Two of the officers listed in the first Daily Sun News article were involved in the shooting.

Police say shortly after the shooting there were numerous credible threats against officers involved in the shooting and those named in the Daily Sun News.

Because of this Phoenix Protective Corporation was hired to protect the Sunnyside officers and their families. Twenty-four hour protection began on May 5 and lasted until May 17.

Since the onset of this incident a family member of the person shot and killed by police has been arrested. Since then, there have been no additional threats.

Police now believe the protection is no longer needed.

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