KIRO NEWSRADIO

Battle Ground Police changing protocol after sergeant’s OD on seized drugs

Oct 27, 2023, 8:04 AM | Updated: 8:55 am

battle ground seized drugs...

A Battle Ground Police Department vehicle (Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Police Department)

A police chief in one Washington city is ordering an audit on how seized drugs are handled after one of his cops overdosed on the job.

Battle Ground Police Department (BGPD) Sergeant Richard Kelly was found unconscious in his office from what police initially described as a medical emergency on Aug. 10 and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The Clark County Medical Examiner has determined Kelly died from a combination of the illicit drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine. The medical examiner noted the death was accidental due to “drug use/abuse.”

More from Heather Bosch: Wash. state senator arrested in Hong Kong for having gun in airport

The Battle Ground Police Department stated it brought in detectives from the Vancouver Police Department to conduct an independent investigation. Given evidence at the scene and the medical examiner’s report, investigators said Kelly’s death was “more likely than not caused by an intentional act and not an incidental workplace exposure.”

When reached for comment, the BGPD said Chief Mike Fort was not available for an interview.

But in a statement, the department stated Fort has requested an audit on how his department handles evidence — including seized narcotics — and will make changes in training and procedures, based on the audit’s findings.

Heather Bosch’s series ‘Facing Fentanyl’: Hear the voices of people hurting

“Substance abuse is a serious problem that often goes unsuspected and undetected,” Fort said in a prepared statement. “As a community, we need to support local efforts to assist anyone struggling with the effects of mental health and substance abuse so they may achieve recovery.”

KIRO Newsradio

Photo: KIRO Newsradio is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its "newsradio" format with a special ...

MyNorthwest Staff

KIRO celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘newsradio’ format with special alumni broadcast

KIRO Newsradio is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its "newsradio" format with a special broadcast featuring several prominent alumni.

3 hours ago

Photo: Police swarm Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood after shooting on July 3....

James Lynch

Police identify 2 girls who were with alleged Alderwood Mall shooter

There are new developments in last week's deadly shooting at Alderwood Mall. Jayda Woods-Johnson, 13, was killed.

4 hours ago

An old newspaper clipping from the 1920s shows the "airsign" for SEATTLE at the Standard Oil facili...

Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Searching for ‘ghost signs of the air’

An aviation historian said you might be able to spot one of these "Ghost Signs of the Air" still on duty in a few Washington towns.

1 day ago

Photo: Locals living along Aurora Avenue are dealing with yet another shooting in their neighborhoo...

James Lynch

‘Just senseless violence:’ Neighbors grapple with another shooting along Aurora

Locals living along Aurora Avenue are dealing with yet another shooting in their neighborhood as they call for an end to violence.

2 days ago

Photo: A brick was thrown at a truck on I-90 Tuesday morning. It could be the same man who threw a ...

Sam Campbell

I-90 brick-throwing suspect ‘could be’ same man who threw rocks at drivers in June

The man who threw a brick into a truck on I-90 Tuesday morning could be the same man in last month's attack on Rainier Avenue.

2 days ago

Photo: A shootout happened Saturday night, just after 3 a.m., near the corner of Aurora Avenue Nort...

James Lynch

Surveillance video captures shootout between rival pimps on Aurora

A shootout happened Saturday night, just after 3 a.m., near the corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 101st Street.

3 days ago

Battle Ground Police changing protocol after sergeant’s OD on seized drugs