GRANDVIEW – Officer Kevin Glasenapp of the Grandview Police Department was cleared of any wrongdoing in shooting Ubaldo Munguia earlier this year, according to Yakima County’s prosecuting attorney.
The shooting happened during a pursuit that started at 11:38 p.m. on July 5. Glasenapp, working on a DUI patrol, spotted a car driving without its headlights at a high rate of speed run a red light and started in pursuit.
About the same time a report of an armed robbery by three males came from residents of an apartment on East Third Street in Grandview. One of the robbers fired a gun during the incident, in which the suspects reportedly demanded money from the residents and took some items along with cash.
Glasenapp heard the dispatch report on the robbery and believed that the occupants of the vehicle he was pursuing were the suspects. He was joined in the pursuit by other officers from multiple law enforcement agencies.
The suspects fled police with speeds reaching nearly 120 miles per hour before the suspects’ vehicle careened out of control and left the roadway near the intersection of Midvale and Green Valley roads near Sunnyside.
One suspect escaped on foot, one surrendered to police and the third, Munguia, attempted to flee on foot but was stopped when Glasenapp cut the suspect off with his police cruiser. Munguia was on the ground, having either been hit by the police cruiser or having run into it, when Glasenapp exited his vehicle.
Glasenapp reportedly observed Munguia reaching toward his waistband and believed him to be reaching for a weapon. The investigation into whether or not the shooting was justified revealed Glasenapp ordered Munguia to show his hands, but Munguia refused to obey. After issuing several warnings, Glasenapp fired two rounds and hit Munguia once.
Other officers arrived and Munguia was taken into custody and given medical treatment. A knife was discovered on his person. Munguia was treated first at Sunnyside Community Hospital, then transported to Harborview Medical Center. He suffered a minor fracture. Munguia also tested positive for the use of methamphetamine, say investigators.
Munguia is currently in Yakima County Jail awaiting trial on charges of first degree robbery, first degree burglary and eluding. His bail is set at $300,000.