Two stepbrothers “suspected” of “trying to steal beer from a grocery store” were not armed with guns when they were shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state’s capital city. Thankfully, they both survived but are currently being hospitalized.
The officer is claiming that he was being assaulted with a skateboard before the shooting in Olympia that left one man critically injured and another in stable condition, authorities said. But since there is no video evidence, all we have to go on is their word.
Officer Ryan Donald was among those who responded around 1 a.m. to a call from a Safeway store, Roberts said. Employees said two men tried to steal beer and then threw the alcohol at workers who confronted the pair. Officers split up to search for the men. Donald encountered two men with skateboards who fit witnesses’ descriptions, and moments later, he radioed in that shots had been fired, the police chief said. The recording of the 911 call was released to the public later that afternoon.
The two men were identified as Andre Thompson, 24, and Bryson Chaplin, 21, both of Olympia.
The officers were put on administrative leave and the shooting, which is being investigated by a team of detectives from several agencies, has already prompted protests.