CRIME

Police officer who shot Washington farmworker had dragged him away from fire weeks earlier

  • In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Pasco firefighters and Dean Perry, right, a Pasco police officer, help Antonio Zambrano-Montes, second from right, to an ambulance following a house fire in Pasco, Wash. On Feb. 10, 2015, Zambrano-Montes was fatally shot by police after he ran from them after throwing rocks at cars at an intersection in Pasco. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Dept. was aware of his issues. (Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald via AP)

    In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Pasco firefighters and Dean Perry, right, a Pasco police officer, help Antonio Zambrano-Montes, second from right, to an ambulance following a house fire in Pasco, Wash. On Feb. 10, 2015, Zambrano-Montes was fatally shot by police after he ran from them after throwing rocks at cars at an intersection in Pasco. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Dept. was aware of his issues. (Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, marchers carry photos of police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a rally in Pasco, Wash. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Department was aware of his issues. (Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, marchers carry photos of police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a rally in Pasco, Wash. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Department was aware of his issues. (Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Pasco Police officers investigate the scene of the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot by police in Pasco, Wash. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Department was aware of his issues. (Andrew Jansen/Tri-City Herald via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Pasco Police officers investigate the scene of the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot by police in Pasco, Wash. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Department was aware of his issues. (Andrew Jansen/Tri-City Herald via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

One of the officers who killed an immigrant farmworker in Washington state in a shooting that helped fuel the nationwide debate over police use of force had dragged the man away from his burning rental home just weeks earlier.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press under public records requests reveal that Antonio Zambrano-Montes was sitting on the ground in January in a meth-addled trance near the fire when Officer Adam Wright found him.

Weeks later, Zambrano-Montes was shot as he ran away from officers in the eastern Washington city of Pasco and suddenly turned around with his arms outstretched. That Feb. 10 encounter was caught on video and prompted months of angry protests.

The documents obtained by the AP shed new light on Zambrano-Montes' run-ins with police and his erratic behavior.