By Dan Thesman on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories
UPDATE 06/24/22 – Officials have identified the Walla Walla man shot and killed in Dayton on Monday, as Christopher Gonzales.
UPDATE 06/23/22 – Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack said Thursday that there’s still questions surrounding the circumstances of Monday’s fatal shooting of a Walla Walla man. The questions are essential to charging the suspect, Jason Bomar, 22, of Dayton.
DAYTON – A Walla Walla man died after being shot Monday night and the alleged shooter is in custody, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded just after 6 p.m. to a shots fired call on the 100 block of East Washington Street. A 54-year-old man was found on the second floor of an apartment with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was transported to Dayton General Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A 22-year-old Dayton man was transported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, where he was subsequently booked into the Columbia County Jail on probable cause for first-degree manslaughter.
The Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Team is assisting in the investigation.
Currently, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the victim’s name, pending notification of his family; and not releasing the name of the suspect for his own safety.