Man shot by police misses another court appearance

Tri-City HeraldAugust 22, 2013 

— A 26-year-old man shot two months ago by Kennewick police after allegedly pointing a gun at them missed another court hearing Thursday.

Dennis Jaymes Skellenger has yet to enter a plea in Benton County Superior Court on charges of attempting to elude police and third-degree assault.

Thursday afternoon was his third scheduled hearing in the past month.

“His family actually called and said he would like another one-week continuance,” Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor told the court. “He does have some medical issues.”

The next hearing is set Aug. 29.

The charges stem from a June 15 attempted stop. Police got word that Skellenger allegedly tried to return merchandise he bought with a stolen credit card at a Kennewick store.

Officers chased Skellenger’s car for a short distance but called it off for public safety reasons, according to police and court documents.

The abandoned car was later found at 27th and South Keller streets, and officers tracked him down to a field near Horse Heaven Hills Park and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Skellenger was hiding behind a tractor and, after repeated demands to show himself, walked out with a revolver pointed at K-9 handler Brad Kohn, police said.

Officer Jeremy Taylor then shot Skellenger through the chest.

Skellenger spent about a month at a Seattle hospital before returning to the Tri-Cities to recover.

He was sent a summons to appear in court after the charges were filed. The hearing has been continued twice while he still was being treated.

An independent review of the shooting found that Taylor acted appropriately.

Check back for updates.

Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531;; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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