Officer Olivas back at work

Still waiting for decision by county prosecutor

— Jacob Olivas, the policeman in an officer-involved shooting here the night of Dec. 15, is back on the job.

He was placed on administrative leave that night while an investigation of the shooting was conducted by the Yakima Police Department.

The investigation has been completed, and the report sits on Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic’s office in Yakima.

“It’s in (line) with several other reports,” Brusic said.

There was a spate of officer-involved shootings in Yakima about the time as the one in Zillah.

Brusic said it’s his job to determine if the shooting was justiable under the law or if criminal charges need to be filed against Olivas.

The shooting victim in that incident was Rick Bounds, 61, of Zillah. He was in a house that Zillah and Toppenish police surrounded, looking for a man eluding Toppenish police.

When police ordered the suspect to exit the house, Bounds emerged. Olivas said he thought Bounds had a weapon and made a threatening move and shot Bounds in the lower torso.

The suspect police were chasing was arrested shortly thereafter.

Zillah Police Chief Jim Quantrell said Olivas is back on the job, pending Brusic’s decision, because “the doctors” cleared him mentally to return.

Quantrell said Bounds, who was hospitalized, has recovered and is at home.


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