- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A Benton County prosecutor has cleared a police officer and sheriff’s deputy in the fatal shooting of a man during a standoff in May.

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller ruled Wednesday that police acted appropriately in the shooting of 36-year-old Roark Cook at a Kennewick apartment.

Officers responded to Cook’s apartment when his mother called 911 and said she was worried he’d hurt someone. A SWAT team responded after Cook told officers through the closed door of his apartment that he had a gun.

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 Cook was shot as Benton County Deputy Logan Brown and Richland police Officer Ryan Miller returned gunfire.



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