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Police and Use of Deadly Force in Tacoma

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Washington State Law requires any use of deadly force involving a Police Officer to be investigated by an independent agency. In accordance with these standards, the City of Tacoma cannot investigate or interfere with an ongoing investigation or the integrity of an investigation into the use of deadly force by a Tacoma police officer.

 

The Criminal Justice Training Commission established the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA), which provides the criteria of what qualifies as an independent investigation pursuant to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 139-12.


Investigations in to police use of deadly force can take months to years to complete. Each investigation is unique and may require additional review of evidence or testimony by experts, which results in varying durations of the investigative process. While state law provides for updates to the family of the deceased, it does not provide for the jurisdiction to receive updates during the investigation.

 

Information on this page is limited by Washington State Law. For updates to this page, please subscribe to receive email notifications. For more information on Police Involved Shootings, visit our Results253 web page, which is updated quarterly.

 

Current Criminal Investigation of Police Use of Deadly Force as of June 17, 2020:

Cases will be updated upon the conclusion of the investigation and review of findings by the prosecuting authority.

 

Bennie Branch Case

Case Number:

19-251-00213

 

Date:

Sept. 8, 2019

 

Investigating Authority:

Pierce County Sheriff's Office

 

Investigation Status:

Open

 

Officers Involved:

  • Officer Ryan Bradley, a 33-year-old white male with approximately four years on the department.

 

Press Releases by Investigating Authority:

None available at this time.

 

City of Tacoma Issued Press Releases and Statements:

Police News Release: Update on Officer Involved Shooting - Sept. 13, 2019

 

Investigation Report:

Pending Completion by Independent Investigating Authority
 

Charging Decisions:

Pending Review by Prosecuting Authority

Incident Report:

Pending Completion of the investigation

Administrative Review:

Pending completion of criminal investigation

 

 

Manuel Ellis Case

Case Number:

20-063-02251

 

Date:

March 3, 2020

 

Investigating Authority:

Washington State Patrol

 

Investigation Status:

Open

 

Officers Involved:

  • Officer Christopher Burbank, a 34-year-old white male with approximately four and a half years on the department.
  • Officer Matthew Collins, a 37-year-old white male with approximately five years on the department.
  • Officer Masyih Ford, a 28-year-old black male who has been with the department two years and two months.
  • Officer Timothy Rankine, a 31-year-old Asian male who has been with the department 1 year and 10 months.

Press Releases By Investigating Authority:

None available at this time.

 

City of Tacoma Issued Press Releases and Statements:

Investigation Report:

Pending Completion by Independent Investigating Authority

 

Charging Decisions:

Pending Review by Prosecuting Authority

 

Incident Report:

Pending Completion of the investigation

 

Administrative Review:

Pending completion of criminal investigation

Willem Van Spronsen Case

Case Number:

19-194-00316

 

Date:

July 13, 2019

 

Investigating Authority:

Tacoma Police Department

 

Investigation Status:

Open

 

Officers Involved:

  • Officer C. Martin
  • Officer E. Allman
  • Officer J. Correa 
  • Officer W. Gustason

 

Press Releases by Investigating Authority:

None available at this time.

 

City of Tacoma Issued Press Releases and Statements:

None available at this time.

 

Investigation Report:

Pending Completion by Independent Investigating Authority

 

Charging Decisions:

Pending Review by Prosecuting Authority

 

Incident Report:

Pending Completion of the investigation

 

Administrative Review:

Pending completion of criminal investigation

Case Number 19-183-02031

Case Number:

19-183-02031

 

Date:

July 2, 2019

 

Investigation Status: 

Open

 

Officers Involved:

  • Officer Komarovsky

Press Releases by Investigating Authority:

None available at this time.

City of Tacoma Issued Press Releases and Statements:

None available at this time.

 

Investigation Report:

Pending Completion by Independent Investigating Authority
 

Charging Decisions:

Pending Review by Prosecuting Authority

Incident Report:

Pending Completion of the investigation

Administrative Review:

Pending completion of criminal investigation