More information is being made available surrounding the Sunday death of a Yakima, Washington man who was shot inside his vehicle by a police officer who mistook his Airsoft pistol for a real firearm. This mistake occurred in spite of the toy gun being disassembled and in four parts in the passenger seat.
Officer Casey Gilette observed what he determined to be a suspicious vehicle parked outside of a 24-hour car wash on a routine 3 am patrol.
Gilette states that he surveyed the situation for an hour and then elected to investigate.
23-year-old Rocendo Arias was inside in the driver’s seat.