UPDATE: Kennewick man remains in serious condition after officer-involved shooting

June 15, 2013 

— A 26-year-old Kennewick man remained in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center on Saturday after being shot through the chest by a police officer on Friday morning.

Dennis Jaymes Skellenger was shot after he pointed a gun at three members of the Kennewick Police Department as they tried to arrest him following a chase through a neighborhood near Horse Heaven Hills Park in Kennewick, Police Chief Ken Hohenberg said on Friday.

Officer Jeremy Taylor fired one shot at Skellenger after he pulled a gun. No other shots were fired.

A bullet grazed Skellenger’s left wrist, struck him in the chest and went out his back, Hohenberg said.

He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from Kennewick General Hospital on Friday evening, according to officials.

Skellenger allegedly fled from the AutoZone store on West Fourth Avenue in Kennewick after he allegedly tried to return merchandise he had purchased with a stolen credit card on Friday morning, according to police.


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