On Tuesday, the FBI told Action News it is required to investigate because there may have been a "federal civil rights violation" in this case. But the agency's involvement alone, doesn't make that a fact.
Last month, motorcycle officer, Lee Cooper shot Christopher Villarreal in a downtown parking lot where he had been pulled over for erratic driving.
Norma Rodriguez represents Villarreal’s two children through his ex-wife.
“The family is very pleased that the department of justice came in to make the determination if there will be charges filed against officer Cooper. They believe this will be a fair and independent investigation. You’re not going to have the bias that could possibly arise,” said Rodriguez.
Villarreal is survived by his parents and two children.
In their initial report, Kennewick Police say Villarreal rammed Officer Cooper's motorcycle, which led to the fatal shooting.
The Benton County Sheriff’s office says it has no comment at this time. Kennewick Police would also not comment, but referred Action News to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in hopes they might speak on the latest development.