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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 or Tacoma Police Department policy, visit our webpage.

 

Current Criminal Investigation of Police Use of Deadly Force:

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

A Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards on Recent Decisions by Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office - August 19, 2020

 

Investigation Report:

South Sound 911 Investigation Report Record
 

Charging Decisions:

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Decision 

 

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:

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - July 23, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - July 30, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - August 6, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team Seeks Witnesses - August 14, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - August 20, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - August 27, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - September 3, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - September 10, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - September 17, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - September 24, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - October 1, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - October 8, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - October 15, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - October 22, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - October 29, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - November 5, 2020

Washington State Patrol Independent Investigation Team - November 13, 2020

 

City of Tacoma Issued Press Releases and Statements:

Investigation Report:

Pending Completion by Independent Investigating Authority

 

Charging Decisions:

Pending Review by Prosecuting Authority

 

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:

A Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards on Recent Decisions by Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office - August 19, 2020

 

Investigation Report:

South Sound 911 Investigation Report Record

 

Charging Decisions:

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Decision

 

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

 

Administrative Review:

Pending completion of criminal investigation

 

Case Number 20-226-00088

Case Number:

20-226-00088
 

Date:

August 13, 2020

 

Investigating Authority:

Lakewood Police Department and Washington State Patrol

 

Investigation Status:

Open

 

Officers Involved:

  • Officer Nathan Reetz, 34 year old with approximately two and a half years on the department.  

Press Releases by Investigating Authority:

Lakewood Police Press Release - August 13, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - August 20, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - August 27, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - September 3, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - September 10, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - September 17, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - September 24, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - October 1, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - October 9, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - October 15, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - October 22, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - October 29, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - November 4, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - November 10, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - November 19, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - November 25, 2020

Lakewood Police Press Release - December 4, 2020

 

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 20-246-00398

Case Number:

20-246-00398

Date:

September 2, 2020

Investigating Authority:

Pierce County Force Investigation Team

Investigation Status:

Open

Officers Involved:

  • Sergeant Brandon Mires, a 37 years old with approximately 12 years on the department.
  • Police Patrol Specialist Sylvester Weaver, a 61 years old with approximately 29 years on the department.
  • Officer Bret Terwilliger, a 37 years old with approximately 13 years on the department. 

Press Releases by Investigating Authority:

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - September 2, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - September 4, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - September 10, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - September 17, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - September 24, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - October 1, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - October 9, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - October 15, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - October 22, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - October 29, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - November 4, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - November 10, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - November 19, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - November 25, 2020

Pierce County Force Investigation Team Press Release - December 4, 2020

 

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

 

Administrative Review:

Pending completion of criminal investigation