- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The Benton County coroner’s office says an autopsy on a man involved in a standoff with police at a Kennewick, Washington, apartment shows he died from several gunshots to the torso.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1IhwbTD that none of the wounds to 36-year-old Roark Cook appear to be self-inflicted.

Coroner John Hansens said Wednesday the bullets appear to have struck Cook from the front and side. The autopsy was not yet complete.

Kennewick officers responded to Cook’s apartment early Monday when his mother called 911 and said she was worried he’d hurt someone.

Cook told officers through the closed door of his apartment that he had a gun.

A SWAT team eventually responded, and two women and a 7-year-old boy escaped over the apartment balcony as officers shielded them from at least one bullet fired by Cook.

Police say officers returned gunfire. Benton County Deputy Logan Brown and Richland police Officer Ryan Miller are on leave while the shooting is investigated.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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