Trooper stops to check on distressed Tri-Cities motorist. Then shots were fired

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Courtesy Washington State Patrol File

At least one shot was fired when a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped at a disabled car on Interstate 82 in Kennewick around 6 a.m. Sunday.

Neither the trooper nor the person at the disabled car was hit by gunfire, according to WSP.

The trooper contacted a person at the car at 5:54 a.m. near the Badger Canyon Exit to West Clearwater Avenue and East Badger Road.

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The trooper notified WSP Communications that the person appeared to be in distress and requested aid.

The shooting occurred several minutes later just after 6 a.m.

The state patrol described it as an “officer-involved shooting,” and said the trooper was on paid administrative leave, per WSP policy.

Information on who fired shots and how many shots was not released on Sunday.

A team from the Special Investigation Unit responded to the scene. The team’s primary investigating agency will be the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.