An Olympia Police Officer, Ryan Donald, shot two men earlier this morning after they had apparently attempted to steal beer from a grocery store. Donald and his partner split up to search for the suspects in a nearby park. That’s when Donald came across Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin who, matched the description of the robbers and the following happened, according to ABC News:
In radio calls released by police, Donald calls dispatchers once he spots the men, and again to report that he fired shots.
“I believe one of them is hit, both of them are running,” Donald said.
He tells dispatchers that one of the men “assaulted me with his skateboard.”
“I tried to grab his friend,” Donald said. “They’re very aggressive, just so you know.”
He says he has one man, then both, at gunpoint and asks for help.
Seconds later, he shouts, “Shots fired! One down,” and asks for more backup units. He then says the second man has been shot.
The police chief said Donald wasn’t injured but an officer “has the right to defend himself” if a suspect wields an object that could be used as a deadly weapon.
In the past we’ve found that details that come out quickly can often be questioned later. On the face, this seems like an easily justifiable shooting, but I’m curious as to what changed from ‘having both men on the ground at gunpoint’ to ‘both men being shot.’ Also, since there were two confrontation points, the initial encounter and then after a short chase, it’s probably safe to assume that the duo’s skateboards were left behind after their initial scuffle. If that’s true then the story now needs more explanation.
Maybe Thompson and Chaplin tried to attack the officer? That’s possible and maybe he didn’t shoot to kill either, because both of these guys are still alive – thankfully. Hopefully more details can come in and we’ll do our best to keep you posted here at CopBlock.org.