Yakima officers in 3 shootings return to duty

YAKIMA — Officers involved in three separate shootings in the Yakima Valley have returned to duty or soon will, though the cases remain under review.

The Yakima Herald reported that six Yakima city police officers and seven sheriff’s personnel have returned to work after a Jan. 3 standoff in Selah that ended in a fatal shooting.

Yakima Police Capt. Rod Light says two other officers, who have been on paid administrative leave after shootings at a car wash and at an east Yakima home, will return to duty next Friday.

Officer Casey Gilette fatally shot 23-year-old Rocendo Arias early Jan. 4 while investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at a car wash. According to police, Gilette saw Arias sitting in the car with what appeared to be a gun in his hand. The gun turned out to be a replica that shot soft plastic pellets.

Officer Bryan Elliott shot and wounded 51-year-old Lorry J. Rabanal after being called to a report of a domestic dispute Jan. 16. Police said Rabanal was holding a rifle and refused orders to drop the weapon. Rabanal is in the Yakima County jail on assault charges.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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