Deputies: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Toppenish

Deputies: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Toppenish »Play Video
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- A domestic dispute, a police chase, then gunfire back and forth. It ended near Toppenish with a 42-year-old man dead at the hands of a tribal police officer.

That's what we've learned so far about the latest officer-involved shooting in Yakima County. We've been keeping you updated on KIMATV.com and social media after it happened this morning.

Deputies say it was a routine call to check on a domestic situation. It ended with crime scene tape and emergency lights.

A tribal officer responded to the call in Wapato. Deputies say he approached the suspect's car. That's when the car took off and the chase was on.

"There's an inherent risk of a confrontation like this," FBI Spokesperson Frank Harrill said.

We now know that confrontation was with 42-year-old Ira Arquette. And, it escalated when deputies say Arquette started firing at the officer. They stopped here in this remote area off of South Wapato and Fort Roads.

Detectives say Arquette kept shooting. The officer fired back and Arquette was killed. A situation that tested the officer in a way he didn't expect when he started the day.

"That's why training and preparation are so vital," Harrill said.

Because the case involves an officer from Yakama Nation Tribal Police, the FBI will investigate the circumstances of the shooting. The agency investigates all felony cases on Nation land. And, will have to cover every angle of what happened here.

"I have no idea what kind of time this will consume," Harrill said.

It will then be up to a federal prosecutor from the US attorney's office to determine whether the use of deadly force was justified.

The name of the officer involved is expected to be released within two weeks. Tribal police did not return our calls about the shooting. It's not clear if that officer has been put on leave.