Driver in fatal accident identified as ML police officer

Print Article

CBH Columbia Basin Herald Local News

MOSES LAKE -Moses Lake Police Chief Dean Mitchell confirmed that the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a 47-year-old man on Wednesday evening is an active-duty police officer.

Tye R.C. Sheats, 25, was off-duty in his personal vehicle Wednesday night. According to state patrol reports, Gary C. Kilpatrick, of Moses Lake, ran into the road at the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue in front of Sheats' 2012 Jeep SUV. Kilpatrick later died from injuries sustained.

Mitchell said that because Sheats is an officer, the department deferred investigation to the state patrol.

"There's no reason to believe that there's anything that he did wrong," Mitchell said. "If there's any reason for us to be concerned, then we'll go forward. But there's no reason to suspect that there's anything criminal here on the officer's part. It's just a very unfortunate accident."

Initial reports said that drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the wreck, and Sheats was wearing a seat belt.

Mitchell said Sheats was given a day off but has been on regular duty since the incident.

Sheats has been on the force for about a year and has no other vehicle wrecks on his personnel file. He graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in criminal justice.

Print Article

Read More News

Grant PUD commissioners to consider Reclamation contract

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA Grant County PUD commissioners will consider a new contract to transmit electricity to three irrigation districts next month, possibly as early as its June 13 meeting. The new contract will...

Comments

Read More

Othello board talks tennis court design

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald OTHELLO A proposal for bids to build new tennis courts at Othello High School should go out to contractors in June, possibly as early as the first week in June. Othello School Board members reviewe...

Comments

Read More

Fair Committee seeks volunteers

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE If you live in Quincy, Royal City, or Mattawa, and are looking for something to do, the Grant County Fair Advisory Committee is looking for you. Grant County Fairgrounds Director Mickey...

Comments

Read More

Pope to first lady: what are you feeding Trump?

AP

May 24, 2017 at 7:55 am | BIZELJSKO, Slovenia (AP) Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines. As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with the pontiff on W...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X