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July 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Yakama tribal police officer kills man in shootout

The Associated Press

YAKIMA  — A Yakima County sheriff’s spokesman says a Yakama Nation police officer was involved in shooting near Toppenish Friday morning that left one man dead.

Sgt. Mike Russell says the 42-year-old man fled from the Wapato area in a vehicle, and the tribal officer pursued him. The suspect reportedly shot at the officer during the chase. The man eventually stopped in Toppenish, got out of the car and began shooting at the officer multiple times.

Russell says the officer returned fire, striking the man.

The pursuit began after police responded to a disturbance call around 8 a.m.

Russell said the Sheriff’s Office was at the scene to assist. He says the FBI and tribal police are handling the investigation.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins identified the man as Ira Arquette.

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