BELOW LISTEN TO EMERGENCY DISPATCH AUDIO FROM THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING.
WALLA WALLA -- Family and friends of 22-year-old Caesar Chavira paraded past the New York Store on Sunday in protest of the shooting death of Chavira by store owner John Saul.
According to Undersheriff Edward Freyer of the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, the several-hundred people involved in the protest remained peaceful, despite a few "verbal jabs" aimed at Saul as the protesters marched past his store on Isaacs Avenue.
"We're certainly willing to accommodate that as long as it's civil," Freyer said.
The protests are a response to the shooting which took place May 4 after Chavira apparently broke into the store with the intent to steal items, including belt buckles that were found in his possession following the shooting.
An attorney for Saul, who owns and lives at the New York Store, has said Saul used a shotgun in self defense after Chavira threatened him during the burglary.
"The hardest thing right now is for everybody to be patient for factual disclosure," Freyer said Monday, adding it could take another week before evidence is presented to Walla Walla Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle.
"We're trying to be fair to all parties," Freyer said. "We're putting all our available resources toward this case. We'll give the prosecutor a very comprehensive package."
Freyer said the Sheriff's Office is conducting forensic analysis of the shooting. He added that available video surveillance footage will bear further review.
"There's just a lot of things we still have to test and analyze," Freyer said, adding the Sheriff's Office has not been able to interview Saul beyond a "few brief statements" made to officers shortly after the shooting.