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Pasco officer talks about shooting investigation

Capt. Ken Roske of the Pasco Police Department gives a briefing about the shooting death of Travis F. Yeates, 34, of Kennewick, by Pasco homeowner Corey Chapman.
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Capt. Ken Roske of the Pasco Police Department gives a briefing about the shooting death of Travis F. Yeates, 34, of Kennewick, by Pasco homeowner Corey Chapman.

A Kennewick man who worked at Hanford was shot and killed by a Pasco homeowner after barging into the house early Friday.

Travis F. Yeates, 34, of Kennewick, was shot at 5619 Austin Drive about 2:30 a.m., according to investigators.

“The investigation is focusing on whether the shooting will be justified or not,” police wrote in a Facebook post.

Pasco police Capt. Ken Roske said the homeowner Corey Chapman called 911 about a man pounding on the front door and as officers arrived Chapman told dispatchers that the man had gotten inside.

Police heard a gunshot and found Yeates dead inside the house. Roske confirmed that Chapman fired the shot.

It’s not clear if the men knew each other.

Chapman is not in custody and the investigation is continuing, said Roske. He said no other details were expected to be released Friday.

Yeates worked as a safety and health specialist at the Hanford tank farm contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions. He had been employed there since October 2010.

Thursday is the end of the work week for many Hanford employees who are assigned to four 10-hour shifts a week. Yeates had gone out after work with other tank farm employees and had been drinking.

His friend Matthew Kurkjian said he knew nothing about what happened at the Pasco home and was shocked to hear about the shooting.

He said Yeates was a “super good guy” who liked to have fun and hang out with friends. He had a good sense of humor, frequently joking and keeping those around him happy.

Kurkjian had previously trained Yeates in Cross Fit, but Yeates had hurt his back and was no longer training.

Yeates went to high school in Quincy and attended college at Central Washington University.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said an autopsy is planned June 11.

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