Sgt. Tim Bardwell says the officer was checking on a car parked at a car wash at about 3 a.m. He says during the police contact the officer shot the man, who was the only one in the car.
Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins told the Yakima Herald-Republic that an autopsy is planned Monday.
The officer has been on the force for 14 months.
Detectives are investigating.
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