A West Richland man was shot either one or two times, according to the results of an autopsy conducted Friday after a shooting involving a Benton County deputy.
Douglas West, 46, of West Richland, was shot and killed after he came out of a house on the 3700 block of Hazelwood Drive in West Richland during a standoff on the Fourth of July. He held a shotgun and refused to listen to law enforcement commands, said Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher.
Benton County Deputy John Clary had accompanied West Richland police officers at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday as they responded to a report that West was threatening his wife. Clary shot West, Hatcher said.
The autopsy, conducted by Sig Menchel, a forensic pathologist from Bellevue, found wounds on the right arm and right side of the torso of West’s body, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.
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No determination was made about whether a single bullet passed through the arm and then into the body or if West was hit by two bullets, Hansens said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Tri-City Special Investigations Unit, with Richland police taking the lead.
Hansens said a final autopsy report will be issued when toxicology results are available.