State to pay for mental evaluation for man accused of police shootout

State to pay for mental evaluation for man accused of police shootout

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.-- A second mental evaluation for a man accused of leading police on a chase and dangerous shoot-out in 2011 was granted by the court today. Lance Nanamkin appeared in court today.
    
The state argued he is not as incompetent as he claims. Reports of Nanamkin speaking and actively moving were brought before a judge to prove an evaluation is necessary because he may be able to stand trial.

"It would be a great harm to the community, that should an inaccurate diagnosis be forced out of the doctor because I restrict his ability to secure additional information that we've put the community at risk," Judge David Elofson announced in court today. "It makes no sense."

The defense shot down the idea, but lost in the end.