Investigators: Man carrying rifle shot by Yakima police officer

Investigators: Man carrying rifle shot by Yakima police officer
YAKIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- At about 2056, 1/16/2014, two officers responded to a residence in the 1000 Block of East Viola regarding a physical domestic violence call between a 51-year-old male and his 50-year-old girlfriend. The male half was reported to be throwing objects at the female half.

Both officers arrived at the same time to find the residence was a single wide mobile home and all occupants were inside. The occupants allowed the officers to enter and they found two women and one man in the living room.

Another male subject joined them in the living room, and the officer’s attention was directed to a back bedroom for the suspect. As the officers began to walk down the narrow hallway, the suspect threatened the officers that he had a gun and the officers would have to shoot him.

They saw the man holding what appeared to be a rifle. The officers gave repeated commands to drop the gun as they took cover. The suspect refused to drop the weapon and the lead officer fired 3 to 4 shots. The officers advanced and the lead officer fired two more shots.

The suspect was found lying on his stomach on the bed, with the rifle now on the floor at the foot of the bed. The suspect was secured and assistance called. Medical aid was rendered at the scene and the suspect was transported to YVMH for treatment of one wound through his upper left arm.

The rifle he dropped was checked and appeared to be a .22 cal rifle with a scope. The suspect Lorry J. Rabanal will be booked into the Yakima County Jail for 2nd Degree Assault and 4th Degree Assault/Domestic Violence.

Detectives from the Yakima Police Department responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The involved officer was placed on Administrative Leave pending completion of the investigation.