As of Tuesday, December 26, 2017
ZILLAH The officer-involved shooting last Friday night might not have occurred if a man wanted by Toppenish police had not slipped through their fingers earlier that day.
Calvin Golson, 29, of 503 N. Chestnut St., Toppenish, was arrested after the shooting, court records show.
While he was the wanted man, police shot a different man, records show.
Golson had been chased by Toppenish police early that morning and had crashed a car into canal.
But he escaped.
Among other things, Golson was arrested for allegedly stealing a car belonging to Deborah Golson some time before the chase started, court records show.
Golson was wanted on drug charges before that alleged theft, records show.
Toppenish officers caught up with him just after midnight. Police tried to stop him, but he bolted in a black Honda, records show.
That led to a high-speed chase that ended when Golson crashed into a canal outside of Toppenish, records show.
Police had an “unsuccessful track,” meaning Golson got away.
On Friday night, Toppenish police were again looking for Golson, with additional charges of theft and eluding, records show.
They received a tip he was at 206 First Ave., Zillah.
So, Zillah police joined Toppenish in the hunt at that address, records show.
That’s when 61-year-old Rick Bounds of Zillah emerged from the residence holding what appeared to be a black handgun, Zillah Police Chief Jim Quantrell said.
Officers perceived a threat because of Bounds’ movements.
So, 27-year-old officer Jacob Olivas, fired a singe shot that struck Bounds in the lower right torso, Quantrell said.
It was after the shooting that Golson was found and arrested.
Olivas has been a commissioned officer with Zillah for 18 months, the chief said.
He had previously served withh Granger police one year.
He is a graduate of the Washington State Criminal Justice Law Academy.
“Olivas was awarded Officer of the Year in 2016 by his peers, based on his professional attitude and work ethic,” Quantrell said.
Olivas is on routine, paid administrative leave while the incident remains under investigation.
Bounds was listed in critical condition at an area hospital as of Monday morning, the chief said.
The Yakima Police Department started its investigation into the shooting Friday night, shortly after it happened, Quantrell said.
Quantrell said it could one to three weeks before he hears the results of the investigation.
He said they will be reviewed by the county prosecuting attorney’s office before he sees them.
According to Quantrell, the last Zillah officer-involved shooting happened during the mid-1990s.