A 19-year-old Pasco man is being held on $1 million bail for allegedly shooting at a Pasco police officer who was chasing him last week.
Ezequiel Chavez reportedly fired a .380-caliber, semi-automatic pistol at Officer Chad Pettijohn in the 900 block of North 15th Avenue, court documents said.
Pettijohn, who was not hurt, returned fire, hitting Chavez.
Chavez was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, then booked Monday into the Franklin County jail.
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Chavez, still wearing a Kadlec hospital gown, made his first appearance Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court on investigation of first-degree assault.
"We believe the facts of this particular case are quite concerning," said Prosecutor Shawn Sant. "This individual is accused of shooting at an officer."
Pettijohn and other Pasco officers were responding to the 1100 block of West Park Avenue last Wednesday for a report of a possible burglary when Pettijohn spotted Chavez in an alley east of North 15th Avenue, documents said.
Chavez matched the description of the suspects. When Pettijohn tried to contact him, Chavez ran into a yard.
Officer Pettijohn radioed other responding officers that Chavez shot at him, and he returned fire.
Investigators with the Tri-City Special Investigations Unit recovered a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol with one round chambered from the front yard near where Chavez had fallen, documents said.
A fired .380-caliber shell casing also was found nearby.
Investigators also saw what appeared to be a recent bullet ricochet on a vehicle in the area where Pettijohn appeared to have been standing, documents said.
Judge Cameron Mitchell ordered Chavez held for 72 hours and said prosecutors have until Thursday afternoon to charge or release Chavez.
Chavez said his family was supposed to be hiring an attorney for him, so nobody was appointed Tuesday in court. If charged, his next hearing will be next week.
Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond told the Herald on Tuesday that the SIU investigation still is ongoing, but is expected to be completed soon. An internal police department review into the shooting also will be conducted.
Pettijohn will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is done, which is standard procedure.