Lakewood police said Wednesday they will release details about the recent officer-involved shooting “in the very near future” but declined to give a more specific timeline.
Two officers, who have not been named, fatally shot Daniel Covarrubias on April 21 at Pinnacle Lumber & Plywood, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.
It’s unclear whether the officers remain on paid administrative leave or if they’ve returned to work.
“We have investigative procedures that we need to go through before releasing any details,” Interim Police Chief Mike Zaro said in an email Wednesday to The News Tribune.
“Once the investigative process is complete, we will provide details to Mr. Covarrubias’ family and then soon after will provide details to the public.”
Covarrubias was released that afternoon from St. Clare Hospital after being evaluated for hallucinations. He possibly was walking home when employees at the lumberyard called 911 to report he had climbed the fence onto their property.
Officers found him hiding atop a 25-foot-tall stack of lumber and fired after radioing to dispatchers that Covarrubias was reaching into his pocket.
Police have not said whether a weapon was found at the scene.
Covarrubias, a 37-year-old father of seven, died later at a hospital.