Kelso police on Wednesday identified the two law enforcement officers involved in Saturday’s fatal shooting of Jesse Ryan McMillan. They are Kelso officer Ralph Hines and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny O’Neill.
Both men remain on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Hines, 40, also was wounded in Saturday’s gunfight. He has been employed nine years with the Kelso Police Department, where he is assigned to the patrol division. O’Neill, 63, has been a sheriff’s deputy for seven years and previously served nearly 34 years as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol.
According to a Kelso police news release from Capt. Darr Kirk, Hines and O’Neill were among several Kelso officers and sheriff’s deputies who attempted to arrest McMillan, 26, of Kelso, who had crashed his vehicle into two parked cars in West Kelso and fled the scene. McMillan hid at his mother’s residence at 415 Northwest Fifth Ave., Kelso, and barricaded himself in a back bedroom, according to police
Officers unsuccessfully tried to talk him into coming out of the house. After evacuating his mother, who was in a wheelchair, officers called Lower Columbia SWAT to respond.
Without warning, McMillan burst from the back bedroom and ran out the front door, firing at Hines and O’Neill, who were on the porch, the news release said. One round from McMillan’s gun struck Hines in the leg, and both officers returned fire, fatally striking McMillan, the news release said.
The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office said McMillan died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. Authorities are have not disclosed how many bullets struck McMillan.
Hines was treated at St. John Medical Center and released.
The Clark County Major Crimes Regional Task Force is continuing its investigation. No further details will be released until the investigation is completed, the news release said.