WEEKLY UPDATE: Investigation into shooting involving JCSO officer – October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022

BrinnonWashington – The weekly update below refers to the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Independent Investigative Team (IIT) investigation into the shooting involving a Washington Sheriff’s Office officer. Jefferson County (JCSO) which occurred on September 23, 2022:

The investigation is still ongoing. There are no updates at the moment.

Background: Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Mason County Sheriff‘s Office (MCSO), and Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office (GHSO) responded to the Brinnon Community Center (306144 US Highway 101) on Friday, September 23, 2022, to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving JCSO.

Investigators have determined the following through civilian witnesses, witness officers, CAD dispatch notes, and physical evidence collected at the scene:

  • JCSO MPs advised firing near the community center at 2:44 p.m.
  • Two JCSO deputies fired their service weapons during the incident.
  • Responding deputies rescued an injured man until medics arrived.
  • A handgun not belonging to JCSO deputies was located near the injured man.

The injured man, identified as Timothy C. Conner, 49, of Bremerton, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was pronounced dead the same day.

The JSCO deputies involved have been identified as Sergeant Ryan Menday and Detective Brian Anderson.

This update is required pursuant to WAC 139-12, which requires weekly updates to be sent by the lead investigative agency in investigations where a Washington State peace officer uses deadly force as part of its law enforcement duties. These updates are necessary even if no new information is available at the time of the update.

Previous press releases can be viewed at https://www.wsp.wa.gov/press-releases/

With the passage of Washington State Initiative 940 in 2018 and Substitute House Bill 1064 in 2019, incidents where the use of deadly force by a peace officer results in death, substantial bodily harm, or bodily harm serious require an independent investigation. This investigation is to be conducted in the same manner as a criminal investigation, and state law now requires an “independent investigation” completely independent of the agency involved.

According to WAC 139-12, the IIT is unable to disclose the individual’s criminal history, including the circumstances surrounding the initial contact, which prompted the law enforcement response. This information may only be released at the express request of the media and may be released in accordance with the Public Records Act Cap 42.56 RCW.

A weekly update will be provided as the investigation continues. IIT’s operating policies and procedures are publicly available at: https://www.wsp.wa.gov/about-us/our-mission/ or directly at: https://www.wsp.wa .gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CID-IIT-Protocol.pdf

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