Cops and Conduct

Kent Police Release Statements From Officers Involved in Shooting of Joseph-McDade

The documents came in response to requests from friends and family.

Kent Police have released several documents about the June 24 shooting death of Giovonn Joseph-McDade, which followed a short vehicle pursuit.

Officer Matthew Rausch, who has been with the Kent Police Department for two-plus years, made the initial stop of Joseph-McDade in the East Hill neighborhood and began the pursuit after Joseph-McDade took off. Officer William Davis assisted in the call and is the officer who fired the shots that killed Joseph-McDade when the Auburn man and former Kent-Meridian High School student-athlete allegedly drove his vehicle toward Davis.

After pleas from relatives and friends of the deceased to release more information about the case, Police Chief Ken Thomas decided to release documents to the family and the media. Both officers have returned to duty.

Rausch wrote the following statement about his involvement:

And here is Davis’ statement:

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A version of this story was originally published in the Kent Reporter.

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