WSUPD Sergeant Who Fatally Shot Man Who Fired At Officers Returns To Duty After Completing Standard Protocol

The Washington State University Police Sergeant who fatally shot a standoff suspect who fired at officers is back on duty.

Sgt. Brett Boyd was serving on the Whitman County SWAT Team which responded to the incident in Pullman near the WSU campus on December 14th.  36-year-old Brett Kopacka was threatening to kill his roommates and got into an armed standoff with police.  Kopacka fired shots from his apartment during the standoff before he was fatally shot.

Sgt. Boyd was placed on administrative leave while the Washington State Patrol began investigating the officer-involved fatal shooting.  The WSUPD has a standard law enforcement policy that allows officers involved in a shooting to return to duty while the incident is being investigated.  WSU Police Chief Gary Jenkins reinstated Sgt. Boyd to full duty after he completed the protocol by providing a full statement and passing a mental health evaluation.

The WSP is still investigating the case which is expected to take several months to complete.