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FILE — Yakima County Coroner’s Office. (Yakima Herald-Republic / Donald W. Meyers, file

Yakima police detectives are continuing to investigate the killing of a 20-year-old Toppenish man in a gang-related fight Monday afternoon.

An autopsy Wednesday determined that Matthew Munoz died from a gunshot wound, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said, and said the cause of death was a homicide.

Munoz’s death is the 22nd homicide in the county this year, and the sixth in the city.

Munoz was killed after a fight broke out between two groups of people in the 700 block of South Ninth Avenue around 4:55 p.m. Monday, according to police. Munoz and another person were shot while a third person was run over by a car during the altercation.

Munoz was pronounced dead at a local hospital, while the other two were hospitalized, Curtice and police said.

Police are searching for a red Ford Escort that was seen speeding away from the scene. Police said the incident was gang related.

City spokesman Randy Beehler said no additional information was available on the case.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Yakima police at 509-575-6200 or Yakima County Crime Stoppers at 800-248-9980. Tips can also be submitted online at http://www.crimestoppersyakco.org.

Reach Donald W. Meyers at dmeyers@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: donaldwmeyers, or https://www.facebook.com/donaldwmeyersjournalist/


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Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.