- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A coroner whose office is conducting an autopsy on an orchard worker shot by Pasco, Washington, police after he was accused of throwing rocks at officers is considering convening an inquest jury to look into the death.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/pO5DxS ) that Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said controversy over Tuesday’s shooting of 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes would justify a coroner’s inquest, in which a jury is presented with evidence and decides whether the officers’ actions were justified.

In Blasdel’s words, “We don’t want another Ferguson here in Pasco.” He referred to the riots that followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and a grand jury’s decision not to indict.

Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger has appealed for patience during an investigation by the Tri-City Special Investigation Unit and an internal review. Blasdel says he won’t decide about an inquest until the investigation is complete.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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