Fatal officer-involved shooting prompts major investigation

WALLA WALLA, WA  -  Names have been released in that officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday evening on Myra Road at 7:15 p.m.  WWPD Sergeant Kevin Braman says in a morning press conference that Christopher Adam Borland, 40, of Walla Walla died in last night’s officer-involved shooting. The officers who discharged their firearms were Eric Eastman, Nathanael Small and Kevin Toon. They’ve been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

The shooting took place last night at 7:15 p.m., when Walla Walla police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of W. Pine in response to the report of a suicidal subject, armed with a firearm. Upon arrival, officers located a man in a vehicle. After a short pursuit, the man stopped the vehicle on Myra Road. The subject was armed and exited the vehicle. Police say Borland refused commands provided by the officers and that they attempted to de-escalate the situation.

Police say officers used a less lethal weapon, bean bag rounds, at the scene. After a perceived threat posed by the armed subject, Small, Eastman and Toon fired their weapons. Police are unable to disclose the exact threat that was made by Borland. Officers called assisted Borland following the shooting and called paramedics, but he did not survive. There are no body cameras or patrol car cameras used by Walla Walla police.

“I vaguely remember looking at the call log, and I think the full incident was less than five minutes total, but I can’t confirm that right now,” says Braman. “They’re all three highly-trained individuals who have completed the police academy and have gone through the field training officer program. I want to say that all three of them have less than five experience, I am not sure what the total time is, I don’t have that information in front of me. They’re all very capable, newly-trained officers.”

Washington State Patrol controlled the crime scene and The Tri-Cities Metro Special Investigations Unit was called in to investigate the incident per Walla Walla Police Department policy. The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab responded to the scene to assist in evidence processing, and Myra Road was closed overnight during this process. Both the Walla Walla County Prosecutor’s Office and the County Coroner responded to assist in the investigation as well.

Several witnesses were present at the time of the shooting and have been interviewed by investigators. If any other witnesses have not been contacted by the Police, police are interested in speaking to anyone with information related to this incident. Braman says this is the first fatal officer-involved shooting in Walla Walla that he knows of since the 1970s.

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