Yakima homicide justified - Mid-Columbia News | Tri-City Herald : Mid-Columbia news
Good on Mr. Valadez. Running from the scene then contacting PD seems sound since you don't know if the stick-wielding scumbag was alone, or had other scumbags to help him.
YAKIMA -- A robbery suspect was shot dead by an armed civilian late Monday, the first incident of justifiable homicide city police said they could recall in recent memory.
Franklin McWain, 33, died at a hospital from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. An autopsy was performed Tuesday.
A police news release said the shooting occurred in the 800 block of North Second Street about 11 p.m. Monday.
According to the release, a 27-year-old Yakima man told officers he was waiting outside a residence for a friend when he was approached by McWain.
The man, identified as Michael Valadez, 27, said McWain struck him on the head with a stick and demanded money. Valadez told police he was struck several more times before firing two shots at McWain. Valadez had a valid concealed weapons permit.
Valadez ran from the area and flagged down a passing police officer. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a head wound and a broken left arm.
The release said police found evidence at the scene that backed up the man's story.
He has not been charged with a crime. The case is being referred to the Yakima County prosecutor.
McWain was a longtime Yakima resident whose criminal history included six felonies, police said.
Court records show he was found guilty of charges related to eluding, theft and drugs, among other offenses.