Authorities have identified the two Toppenish police officers involved in a shooting that killed a man during a domestic-violence call Saturday afternoon.
Officers Joshua Rosenow and Casey Briggs are on paid administrative leave, said Toppenish police Capt. Dave Johnson. During an investigation, it is standard procedure in many police departments to put an officer who was involved in a shooting on leave.
An autopsy Tuesday determined that Alfredo Chino, 38, of Toppenish died of multiple gunshot wounds in his torso, according to a news release from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office is serving as the lead investigator for the Yakima Valley Special Investigations Unit, a multi-agency task force created to investigate officer-involved shootings.
Court documents show Chino has prior convictions for second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, witness intimidation, violating a protection order, residential burglary, malicious mischief, drug possession and taking a motor vehicle without permission.
Authorities say Rosenow, Briggs and a police officer from Zillah went to a home in the 400 block of North Chestnut Street on a report of a domestic violence incident involving a woman and her son around 1 p.m. Saturday. Shortly after their arrival, one of the officers told dispatchers that a person was shot, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Preliminary findings in the investigation show that Rosenow and Briggs fired their guns, and Chino was armed with a knife, the release said.
The officers were not injured, but a bullet struck the Zillah officer’s vehicle, according to the news release.
The shooting was the first officer-involved shooting in Yakima County since December, when a Yakima police officer fatally shot a man following a car chase.