A 34-year-old Pasco man died early Tuesday after being shot several times by two Pasco police officers when he refused to drop a knife.
He is the third person killed in an officer-involved shooting in the Tri-Cities in a month.
Brad D. Jensen, 34, of Pasco, was shot several times in the chest and torso, said Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel.
Results from toxicology samples taken during an autopsy Tuesday will not be ready for six to eight weeks, he said.
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Someone called 911 about midnight to report a man was brandishing a knife on the 4200 block of Desert Place, said police Capt. Jim Raymond.
It's not clear if Jensen was threatening someone or whether he was inside a home.
Raymond said there were no reports that he was trying to break into a house, though court records show Jensen had faced more than two dozen criminal and civil cases in three counties since 1998.
Pasco officers Steve Thatsana and Nathan Carlisle confronted Jensen when they arrived in the neighborhood but he refused to put down the knife and they shot him, said Raymond.
Raymond said Pasco officers are not equipped with any electroshock weapons such as Tasers, but he declined to release any other information because of the investigation.
The investigation has been taken over by the Benton and Franklin Counties Special Investigations Unit, which includes officers from law enforcement agencies in both counties.
The Pasco officers were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Court documents show Jensen's address was on the same block as where he was shot.
Jensen attended Pasco High School. His father is Chris Jensen, a former Pasco police detective and 12-year Pasco city councilman.
Friends reached by the Herald said they were too upset to talk.
"They are a wonderful family in Pasco and I'm sure a lot of people are hurting today," said Kennewick attorney Brian Davis, who knew Jensen and his family through 4-H in high school.
A public records search shows Brad Jensen had numerous convictions, including drunken driving, theft, possession of a controlled substance, hit-and-run driving and trespassing. He also had an unresolved case from 2011 that alleged he was overpaid state unemployment benefits.
Earlier this month, a Benton County deputy on the regional SWAT team shot Rick R. Howard, 49, on July 9 in a west Pasco neighborhood. Howard was intoxicated and had fired 60 rounds in his home and threatened people with three different guns before he was killed, authorities said.
On June 27, Kennewick police shot Aaron Thomas Wright, 32, after a 30-minute car chase in which Wright brandished what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at officers.
It was later discovered to be a pellet gun.
The special investigations unit is also investigating those shootings.
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