A Pasco police officer resigned from his position just four months following the controversial shooting of a farmworker. The Pasco Police Department confirmed to NBC Right Now that officer Ryan Flanagan no longer works with the police force.
Flanagan voluntarily resigned from his position earlier this week for another job opportunity. He had been on paid administrative leave previously, during the shooting investigation of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
Flanagan is one of three officers involved in a shooting on February 10th of this year.
He served with the Pasco Police Department for nine years and had settled a lawsuit after a woman claimed he shoved her on the hood of a hot police car. In 2013, the City of Pasco settled a lawsuit for $100,000 in the brutality incident.
Officer Flanagan’s resignation is effective July 2nd and the Zambrano shooting in Pasco is still under investigation at this time.
“(Flanagan’s resignation) doesn’t impact the prosecutor’s review of the case and it doesn’t impact the city’s internal investigative process,” Zabell said.
Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz have also been on paid administrative leave since Zambrano-Montes died during the February 10th confrontation.
Flanagan has been with the department for nine years. He was passionate about working as a traffic officer and was instrumental in helping the city get a couple of grants, including one to improve pedestrian safety in crosswalks with flashing lights, said Police Chief Bob Metzger.
“It’s unfortunate that an officer felt he had to give up his career for what occurred,” Metzger said Friday. “We’ll certainly miss him as an officer with the department and we wish him well in the future.”
Police ordered Zambrano-Montes to surrender and unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser, chasing him across the intersection of 10th Avenue and Lewis Street, eventually shooting him in front of a café on Lewis.