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May 16, 2024

On Saturday evening, at approximately 8:20 pm, officers with the Moses Lake Police Department (MLPD) responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the Motel 6 in Moses Lake. Upon arrival, the situation escalated, resulting in an exchange of gunfire between a suspect and police. Tragically, an MLPD officer was struck by a bullet and sustained injuries.

The injured officer underwent surgery and is currently recovering. The suspect was also injured in the exchange and received treatment at Samaritan Hospital before being released. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation, and no further details have been released at this time.

The investigation into this officer-involved shooting is being handled by the Central Basin Investigative Team (CBIT), an independent team comprising detectives from agencies within Grant, Adams, and Kittitas Counties. In accordance with state law, no detectives from the Moses Lake Police Department will participate in the investigation to ensure impartiality and transparency.

CBIT is a multi-agency team established to investigate officer-involved shootings and other critical incidents. The team is commanded by Chief Deputy Gary Mansford with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, who will oversee the investigation into this incident.

The investigation is ongoing, and CBIT will release further details as more information becomes available. The Moses Lake Police Department has expressed gratitude for the swift response and support from neighboring agencies and the community.

The incident has raised concerns about officer safety and the challenges faced by law enforcement in volatile situations. The MLPD has urged the public to respect the investigative process and await the findings of the CBIT investigation.

As the investigation progresses, the community remains supportive of the injured officer and the MLPD. The incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by law enforcement personnel and the importance of community support and understanding.

The Central Basin Investigative Team will provide updates on the investigation as more information becomes available. The public is encouraged to follow official channels for accurate and reliable information about the incident.

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