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Three People Shot at a Yakima Mini-Mart

June 22, 2022

Detectives from the Yakima Police Department’s Gang and Major Crimes Units are searching for two people they believe were behind Tuesday morning’s 8th homicide in the city. Three people were… Read More

YPD Names Driver, Passenger in Traffic Accident at Yakima Airport

June 8, 2022

On May 20, 2022, at about 3:00 am, the driver of a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed eastbound on Washington Avenue was unable to maintain control… Read More

Suspect in Sunday Shooting Admits Involvement in Another Homicide Last Year

May 16, 2022

A 43-year-old Yakima man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in what police believe was a gang-related incident.  While being questioned, one of the suspects in the shooting told… Read More

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Message from Chief Matt Murray…

Hi, I’m Matthew Murray, Yakima’s Chief of Police. I’ve been a police officer for nearly 30 years, and I’m proud to be leading our great police force here in Yakima. We believe that to effectively police in a community, there has to be trust—and trust is built in relationships. That’s why, since starting as Chief of Police, I’ve made it a priority to get out into the community and get to know people. If you see me or other officers in your neighborhood, we invite you to come say hello or just give us a wave. It’s our goal to build relationships and ultimately reduce crime. When police know their community and have earned the trust of its residents that builds stronger, safer communities. Communication is a powerful tool in bringing communities together and keeping them safe. This website is designed to help you find what you need. If you have questions, please let us know. We’re here to listen and connect.

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NEWS RELEASE
Juvenile Arrested for First Degree Murder

On June 13, 2024 shortly before 2:00 PM Yakima Police Department personnel arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male, for 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, Drive by Shooting and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm at a location in Kittitas
County. The arrest was made in reference to a 2021 homicide that occurred in the 1100 block of Cornell in the City of Yakima.

The victim of the homicide and his wife were looking for a home in south Yakima when they were confronted by gang members in a vehicle. The gang members chased the victims in their vehicle and shot into the victim vehicle several times. Major Crimes Detectives worked extremely hard to develop probable cause to arrest the suspect and charge two other occupants of the vehicle with crimes related to the homicide.

Police Chief Matthew Murray stated: “Although this arrest will not restore the great loss our community suffered, it is a step towards justice. I am also extremely proud of the committed investigators who were able to put a prosecutable case together. This is also a continuing example of the amazing partnerships with our federal partners and County Prosecutor.”

Prosecuting attorney Joe Brusic added: “I want to congratulate the Yakima Police Department on its superlative investigation and arrest of the alleged juvenile offender involved in the June 2021 drive-by shooting that took place at W. Prasch Avenue and Cornell Avenue here in Yakima. This shooting targeted a couple who were innocently looking for a house listed for sale. Tragically, the male driving the car was killed and his wife was injured. This arrest after three years will hopefully bring justice for the victim’s family and for our community, so damaged by this terrible and heinous crime. The Yakima County Prosecutor’s Office truly appreciates the continued great work of the YPD detectives and officers that pursued this suspect tirelessly for years and we will do our part in healing our city.

The detectives that worked arduously on this investigation should be commended for their tireless efforts to identify and arrest the suspects involved in this homicide.

NEWS RELEASE
Juvenile Arrested for First Degree Murder

On June 13, 2024 shortly before 2:00 PM Yakima Police Department personnel arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male, for 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, Drive by Shooting and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm at a location in Kittitas
County. The arrest was made in reference to a 2021 homicide that occurred in the 1100 block of Cornell in the City of Yakima.

The victim of the homicide and his wife were looking for a home in south Yakima when they were confronted by gang members in a vehicle. The gang members chased the victims in their vehicle and shot into the victim vehicle several times. Major Crimes Detectives worked extremely hard to develop probable cause to arrest the suspect and charge two other occupants of the vehicle with crimes related to the homicide.

Police Chief Matthew Murray stated: “Although this arrest will not restore the great loss our community suffered, it is a step towards justice. I am also extremely proud of the committed investigators who were able to put a prosecutable case together. This is also a continuing example of the amazing partnerships with our federal partners and County Prosecutor.”

Prosecuting attorney Joe Brusic added: “I want to congratulate the Yakima Police Department on its superlative investigation and arrest of the alleged juvenile offender involved in the June 2021 drive-by shooting that took place at W. Prasch Avenue and Cornell Avenue here in Yakima. This shooting targeted a couple who were innocently looking for a house listed for sale. Tragically, the male driving the car was killed and his wife was injured. This arrest after three years will hopefully bring justice for the victim’s family and for our community, so damaged by this terrible and heinous crime. The Yakima County Prosecutor’s Office truly appreciates the continued great work of the YPD detectives and officers that pursued this suspect tirelessly for years and we will do our part in healing our city."

The detectives that worked arduously on this investigation should be commended for their tireless efforts to identify and arrest the suspects involved in this homicide.
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32 CommentsComment on Facebook

This is sickening. Parents raise your kids!!

Now let's hope thier prosecuted to the Full extent of the Law . Good Job YPD

America need to do what El Salvador does. They want to murk each other don’t separated. Leave all in the same room.

So he was 14 at the time. Ugh.

BLESS THOSE WHO WORKED SO HARD TO PUT THIS CASE TOGETHER, IT WON'T BRING BACK THE LIFE THAT WAS LOST BUT MAY BRING SOME PEACE ABD COMFORT TO THE FAMILY. THANK YOU YPD, BE SAFE OUT THERE

Welcome to Yakima….the “Little Sinaloa” of Washington 🤦🏼‍♀️

Good Job ! YPD Prosecute him with everything you got!

"Your child may face adult court if they committed severe violent offenses. If your child is 16 or 17 years old and facing murder, manslaughter, rape, assault with a weapon or a kidnapping charge, they may automatically go to adult court. In some situations, judges have a choice. If your child is 14 or older and charged with murder in the first or second degree, a judge can decide whether adult court is necessary. This decision considers your child’s past criminal history, the severity of the crime and the risk they pose to the community."

I appreciate everything that the police department does, as well as the prosecuting attorneys, and investigators, greatly, as without them, we wouldn't have this justice but, with all that said, we have a huge problem still in this city and we need zero tolerance and severe consequences for any and all violence. And there should be no bail for violent crimes. It's everywhere now it's not just centered downtown and we as a community are totally fed up with it! It literally makes me sick it's senseless cowardly there are no words but I do know we need zero tolerance for this crap, and make the laws so stiff that we make examples of people who choose to severely hurt others, and when they do, they will pay severe consequences! The message for this from this and to this community on all this violence that's going on needs to be zero tolerance, and if you choose this type of destructive and deadly behavior, then you WILL pay the consequences! Thank you for all your hard work Yakima PD officers, investigators & the DA office. Keep on it! 💙

Congratulations on this investigation. It is a strong message that Yakima Police Department serves its community with heart & soul. Prosecution must be strong to protect the Yakima community from gangs and drug cartel.

What about Francisco Tinajeros case Yakima Police 🚔...... it's been almost 10 years and nothing

OMG! He was 14 when he killed a man?! TRAGIC in so many ways!

His going to change him as an adult

Great job YPD! Try him as an adult Mr Brusic.

Good job, YPD! Walla Walla is waiting for him. Tougher laws needed for so much violence. Thank you.

Great job YPD.

💙💙💙Thank you YPD and to all who helped, glad we have you out there and doing such a great job. Stay safe and carry on💙💙💙

Wow I don't remember this incident, but that's how bad Yakima is....Can we even feel safe...I grew up in Yakima and hate what it has become...I know things have changed in the world today not just yakima..How did we get here, where some people are so filled with hate and violence...

Hat's off to the detectives ❤️💔

Nicely done YPD!

Way to go YPD 💙💙💙

THANK YOU for your perseverance!!!

Muchas gracias agradezco al departamento de policías y a todos los que hicieron lo posible y el gran esfuerzo por encontrar los culpables que le dispararon ami hijo se que con esto no recupero a mi hijo pk es un gran dolor y un gran vacío que nos hicieron ala familia pk el era una persona trabajadora que siempre luchaba por ver asu familia y asus padres pk el nunca se olvido de nosotros el se fue pk quería que tuviéramos una mejor vida gracias a todos por ese esfuerzo Dios les Bendiga pero hogala que los padres enseñaran a valorar asus hijos para que sepan como se gana la vida pk estos muchachos que son hasi son pk los padres les dan todo o no les enseñan valores yo sufrí mucho al perder ami hijo un inmenso dolor nos causaron pk el era un hijo responsable y trabajador y espero que sean juzgados como es gracias a todos los que hicieron ese esfuerzo después de 3 años por fin se hiso justicia 🙏👍

Good job.

Congratulations to YPD for their hard work it paid off

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🎉 WELCOME!
Please join us in warmly welcoming our newest Police Officer, Francisco Garcia!

#policeofficer
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Welcome to YPD!! Thank you for your service. Be safe. God bless. 🙏

Welcome, Officer Garcia! Thank you for your service to our community!🇺🇸

Congratulations brother

Thank you Officer Garcia for joining YPD. We appreciate the work you and other officers do.

Welcome, Officer Garcia, to Yamkima’s PD.i am certain you will be an important addition to the Yakima community.

Welcome Francisco, best PD in the PNW 💙👮💙❤💯

Lucky to have you here Officer Garcia. Welcome.

Welcome for joining YPD. We need you.

Welcome to YPD and Yakima. Stay safe out there

Welcome. Stay safe out there! 💙

Thank you for joining the YPD! 💙

Welcome and thank you Officer Garcia💙

Welcome 🤗

Retired YPD Badge # 0698 welcomes you !

Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome!!

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🎉 WELCOME!
Please join us in warmly welcoming our newest Police Officer, Jorge Mendoza!

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Congratulations Jorge!!!

Welcome Officer Mendoza ! Thank you for becoming part of the YPD and working to help protect and serve the community ! 👮🏽‍♂️👮🏽‍♂️👮‍♀️🚓🐕‍🦺🦮

Congrats! You are going to be great! Thanks for serving and protecting our community! You’ll be missed at the hospital!

Congratulations Jorge!! So proud of you

Congratulations Jorge! Happy to see you pursue your new career with YPD and also sad that we won't be seeing you at Multicare Hospital any longer! Good luck!

An incredible win for the Yakima community!! We will miss you here! I am so proud of you Jorge!

Congrats, Jorge! They're lucky to have you!

Congratulations wish u the best and stay blessed

Congratulations Jorgie… 🖤 We are so proud of you… 👏

Congratulations Jorge I'm so happy for you.

We love you and wish you the best! I'm so proud of you friend!💕

Congratulations Jorge 🎉

Welcome, Officer Mendoza!! Thank you for your service to our community!🇺🇸

Hooray George!!! You are definitely missed at the hospital, but everyone is SO VERY proud of you and all of your accomplishments!! 🎉

Congratulations Jorge!

Welcome..thank you for your service..be safe!

Welcome and thank you for your service

Congrats , Jorge!!!

Welcome to Your new work family be safe out there

Congrats Jorge!

Congratulations and welcome.

Congrats Jorge!!!

Great job Jorge!!!!!

Big Congrats Jorge!

Yeah Jorge!! Congratulations 🎉

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NEWS RELEASE
Juvenile Arrested for First Degree Murder

On June 13, 2024 shortly before 2:00 PM Yakima Police Department personnel arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male, for 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, Drive by Shooting and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm at a location in Kittitas
County. The arrest was made in reference to a 2021 homicide that occurred in the 1100 block of Cornell in the City of Yakima.

The victim of the homicide and his wife were looking for a home in south Yakima when they were confronted by gang members in a vehicle. The gang members chased the victims in their vehicle and shot into the victim vehicle several times. Major Crimes Detectives worked extremely hard to develop probable cause to arrest the suspect and charge two other occupants of the vehicle with crimes related to the homicide.

Police Chief Matthew Murray stated: “Although this arrest will not restore the great loss our community suffered, it is a step towards justice. I am also extremely proud of the committed investigators who were able to put a prosecutable case together. This is also a continuing example of the amazing partnerships with our federal partners and County Prosecutor.”

Prosecuting attorney Joe Brusic added: “I want to congratulate the Yakima Police Department on its superlative investigation and arrest of the alleged juvenile offender involved in the June 2021 drive-by shooting that took place at W. Prasch Avenue and Cornell Avenue here in Yakima. This shooting targeted a couple who were innocently looking for a house listed for sale. Tragically, the male driving the car was killed and his wife was injured. This arrest after three years will hopefully bring justice for the victim’s family and for our community, so damaged by this terrible and heinous crime. The Yakima County Prosecutor’s Office truly appreciates the continued great work of the YPD detectives and officers that pursued this suspect tirelessly for years and we will do our part in healing our city."

The detectives that worked arduously on this investigation should be commended for their tireless efforts to identify and arrest the suspects involved in this homicide.
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🎉 WELCOME!
Please join us in warmly welcoming our newest Police Officer, Francisco Garcia!

#PoliceOfficer
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🎉 WELCOME!
Please join us in warmly welcoming our newest Police Officer, Jorge Mendoza!

#PoliceOfficer
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