Investigators seeking woman who used ATM

Items involved in officer-involved shooting sent to state crime lab

PORT ANGELES — Investigators probing the officer-involved shooting at a downtown Port Angeles bank want to speak with a woman they say was using the ATM at the time of the incident.

Two Port Angeles police officers responded to a hold-up alarm May 3 and encountered Joseph Jacob Hadden, 38, with a handgun outside Chase Bank, 101 W. Front St., Police Chief Brian Smith and Clallam County Sheriff Brian King said in a prepared statement that afternoon.

Hadden, who had no known criminal history, died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities, according to a press release from the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team (KCIRT).

Toxicology results from the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory are pending, KCIRT said.

Investigators now believe a woman was using the bank’s ATM at the time of the shooting and would like to interview her. They encourage anyone with information related to the case to call Sgt. Brandon Myers of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office at 360-337-5683.

In a weekly update provided Thursday afternoon, KCIRT officials said items related to the case have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

“This is common practice in these investigations,” said Capt. Aaron Elton of the Bremerton Police Department, who is working with KCIRT as the public information officer. “Results may take weeks to months to receive as our requests are reviewed in order they have been received, and according to priority.”

Following the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

Because it was an officer-involved shooting, state law requires the incident to be investigated by an outside agency.

The Port Angeles Police Department will later conduct an internal investigation, Smith said.

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