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Coroner's Office declines formal inquest following toxicology reports

The Grant County Coroner's Office says a former Coroner's Inquest will not be necessary after receiving toxicology reports from the October 24th officer-involved shooting in Royal City.

Pedro Salgado Ceja, 45, was shot and killed by Ofc. R. Rodgriguez after resisting arrest. Ceja was chasing the officer with a shovel and did not comply to drop it. 

The Coroner's Office also determined the cause of death was gunshot wounds of torso by homicide. 

Information via Grant County Coroner's Office News Release

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Officer-Involved Shooting Victim Identified

Officer-Involved Shooting Victim Identified

A Royal City Police officer is on paid administrative leave pending investigation of Monday’s officer-involved shooting.

Ofc. R. Rodriguez answered a possible domestic violence assault call at 200 Hemlock Ave. at 5:10 p.m. that led to probable cause to arrest Pedro Salgado Ceja, 45.

Ceja resisted and wielded a shovel, chasing Rodriguez on foot. He ordered Ceja to drop the shovel, but witnesses say he did not comply. Rodriguez fired six rounds from his sidearm into Ceja’s torso.

Rodriguez sent out a radio call for help at 5:18 p.m. Ceja was determined dead at the scene when multiple emergency agencies responded to his call at around 5:40 p.m.

The Grant County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Ceja’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the torso.

One Dead In Royal City Shooting

One person has been confirmed killed in an officer-involved shooting in Royal City late Monday afternoon.

Carrying two kidnapped boys, man runs from deputies

Carrying two kidnapped boys, man runs from deputies

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Two young boys are safe after being kidnapped early Friday morning from their Moses Lake area home.

The day before the kidnapping deputies were called out to the Larson Housing Area at Arlington Drive and Lowry Street for a man screaming and yelling in the street. Law enforcement found 30-year-old, Shane J. Soares, acting out because he said "the Lord told him to." He also said his home was "infested with demons."

Despite his claims deputies didn't have enough cause to detain Soares for a mental health evaluation or charge him with a crime so he was released."

Then around 12:15 a.m. Friday Oct. 21, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a frantic call from Celena Robinson of 906 Lowry Street.

Shooter In Home Invasion Faces Unrelated Charges

Shooter In Home Invasion Faces Unrelated Charges

The Moses Lake man, who shot and killed the intruder he says broke into his home, faces a list of charges tonight.

Timothy Mandelas shot and killed 30-year-old Joshua Montano Sunday night. He called police after he shot the alleged burglar.

Mandelas now faces two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. The Grant County Sheriff's Office has confiscated a .22-caliber handgun and .45 caliber pistol. Mandelas is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The Sheriff's office uncovered more than two pounds of marijuana. Mandelas has a marijuana card but is only allowed legally to possess 1.5 pounds.

Suspected Burglar Shot and Killed Near Moses Lake

Suspected Burglar Shot and Killed Near Moses Lake

One man is dead after being shot Sunday night in an apparent burglary attempt in the Cascade Valley area near Moses Lake.

The Grant County Sheriff's office believes a man entered the home at 4301 Ottmar Road NE, space #5, and was allegedly shot by the occupant of that home. The complete circumstances and other details are still being reconstructed by investigators. The homeowner, who's name has not been revealed, is cooperating with the investigation.

Deputies Arrest Wanted Felon With Guns, Drugs, Pipe Bomb

Deputies Arrest Wanted Felon With Guns, Drugs, Pipe Bomb

Deputies serving two arrest warrants on a wanted felon in the Moses Lake area not only arrested their fugitive but also found guns, a pipe bomb and drugs.