The Franklin County, Wa., coroner may convene a rare inquest jury to look into the shooting death of a homeless man by Pasco, Wa., police this week, reports the Seattle Times. Coroner Dan Blasdel said controversy over the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, by a trio of officers would justify a coroner's inquest, in which a jury is presented evidence of the shooting and decides whether the officers were justified in their use of deadly force. “We don't want another Ferguson here in Pasco,” he said.
The shooting of Zambrano-Montes on Tuesday in front of dozens of bystanders at one of the city's busiest intersections has drawn sharp criticism from Mexican authorities, witnesses and members of Zambrano-Montes' family. Video shows the officers firing two volleys of shots at a retreating Zambrano-Montes, who had been acting bizarrely and was throwing rocks at cars and the officers. Two officers were hit with rocks and were treated at the scene by medics, said Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger. Zambrano-Montes, an undocumented immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, worked as a farm laborer and had been in the Pasco area for about a decade.