CRIME

Official says Mexican man killed by officers wasn't shot in back; officers fired 17 times

  • This undated photo provided by Agapita Montes-Rivera via Fabian Ubay, shows Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Agapita Montes-Rivera, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state Feb. 10, 2015, viewed her son's body for the first time Monday, Feb. 23, and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness. (AP Photo/Agapita Montes-Rivera)

    This undated photo provided by Agapita Montes-Rivera via Fabian Ubay, shows Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Agapita Montes-Rivera, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state Feb. 10, 2015, viewed her son's body for the first time Monday, Feb. 23, and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness. (AP Photo/Agapita Montes-Rivera)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin talks to reporters, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 about the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was unarmed, in nearby Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015. Lattin said the three officers involved in the death fired 17 shots, including several that struck Zambrano-Montes, but no shots hit him in the back. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

    Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin talks to reporters, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 about the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was unarmed, in nearby Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015. Lattin said the three officers involved in the death fired 17 shots, including several that struck Zambrano-Montes, but no shots hit him in the back. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activist Felix Vargas, right, talks with reporters, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, after a briefing on the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was unarmed, in nearby Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015. Vargas said he is calling for a federal investigation of the shooting. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

    Activist Felix Vargas, right, talks with reporters, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, after a briefing on the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was unarmed, in nearby Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015. Vargas said he is calling for a federal investigation of the shooting. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say the three officers involved in the death of unarmed Mexican man in Washington state fired 17 shots, including five or six that struck the former orchard worker.

Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin said at a news conference Wednesday that none of the bullets that struck Antonio Zambrano-Montes hit him in the back.

Lattin is a spokesman for the regional task force investigating the killing, which has led to protests and calls for a federal probe. Lattin says autopsy results are pending, and he couldn't be more specific about where the 35-year-old was shot.

Zambrano-Montes was killed Feb. 10 in Pasco, the gunfire captured on video by a witness.

Authorities say the Mexican immigrant was throwing rocks at officers, and a stun gun failed to subdue him. The Franklin County coroner has ordered an inquest into his death.