Crime

Hispanic commission favors Franklin County shooting inquest

The state Commission on Hispanic Affairs says a coroner’s inquest should be held into the fatal Pasco police shooting of an orchard worker last February.
The state Commission on Hispanic Affairs says a coroner’s inquest should be held into the fatal Pasco police shooting of an orchard worker last February. Tri-City Herald

The state Commission on Hispanic Affairs voiced support this week for an inquest into the fatal Pasco police shooting of an orchard worker last February.

The coroner’s inquest is necessary to ensure transparency in the community and in the investigation, according to a news release.

The commission sent a letter to the Franklin County Superior Court administrator asking that space be made available at the courthouse for the inquest.

An inquest would give a jury of six civilians the opportunity to determine the cause and manner of death in the case, and make a recommendation on whether the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was justified.

Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant has spoken out against the need for an inquest, saying it likely will produce no new information in the case and will delay his decision on whether the officers should be charged.

Zambrano-Montes was shot by three Pasco officers after he threw rocks during a Feb. 10 confrontation at a crowded intersection.

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