riverside shooting

First responders block Riverside's Main Street after the March 3 shooting.

WENATCHEE – A multi-agency team investigating a fatal shooting in Riverside last spring is waiting on the Washington State Patrol crime lab before it finishes its report.

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is waiting for the crime lab to complete its analysis and reports, said Wenatchee Police Sgt. Nathan Hahn, a member of the investigative unit.

Ryan Eugene Bass, 39, Malott, was shot and later died after a March 3 Main Street confrontation with two Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Jodie Barcus and Justin Malone, and Omak Police Detective Brien Bowling.

The officers were placed on administrative leave but later returned to duty after investigators briefed Sheriff Tony Hawley, Omak Chief Jeff Koplin and Okanogan County Prosecutor Arian Noma.

On March 3, a deputy received information that Bass, who was wanted on warrants, was near the Riverside Grocery, 102 N. Main St. There was also probable cause to arrest Bass for a recent burglary in Omak, said Hahn.

The deputies and Bowling located Bass in a vehicle parked in front of the store. He allegedly got out of the vehicle, showed a firearm and shot several rounds toward the officers, Hahn said.

The officers returned fire, striking Bass. None of the officers was hurt.

Officers on the scene and responding officers performed CPR and attempted other lifesaving measures on Bass until LifeLine Ambulance arrived.

Bass, who was struck several times, later died at Mid-Valley Hospital, Omak.

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley called in the multi-agency investigation unit to look into the shooting.

According to the warrants section of the sheriff’s office’s website, Bass was wanted for bail jumping, residential burglary, second-degree theft, vehicle theft, first-degree burglary, cyberstalking, fourth-degree assault and third-degree theft.

Bail was set at $25,000 each on two of the warrants, with no bail amount listed for the third.

Okanogan County Superior Court records indicate Bass was found guilty of fourth-degree assault on Nov. 19, 2019. He was charged July 15, 2019, with residential burglary, second-degree theft, theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree trafficking of stolen property.

In December 2019, he was charged with bail jumping.

Bench warrants for his arrest were issued Feb. 20.

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