In Pierce County, Man With Knife Goes Down In Hail Of Cop Bullets
August 13, 2017
(PIERCE COUNTY, WA.) -- Three Pierce County sheriff's officers fired their service weapons early Saturday morning and killed a 35-year old man that authorities say was holding a knife and had lunged at the deputies.
The man's identity was not immediately released.
The shooting occurred about 6:30 am near the 7400 block of 189th Street Court East, according to Sgt. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
Troyer told reporters Saturday the incident evolved out of a domestic dispute where a woman wanted her brother evicted from her car port, where he had been sleeping.
The woman told the sheriff's office she believes her brother is a meth addict and that her brother had pulled out a knife and tried to rob her husband when the husband attempted to drive the brother away from the residence.
Troyer said when deputies arrived, they found the man in the street a few blocks away from his sister's house holding a knife and that as the three deputies made contact with the man, he made threats and lunged at them with the knife.
That is when the three deputies opened fire with their service pistols, killing the man said Troyer.
Troyer told reporters, “He made statements that nobody was going to stop him or he would kill them and he lunged at our deputies and that’s when they fired. If you have three people armed and you have a knife and you threaten to kill them, and you lunge at them, you’re going to get shot."
Per department policy all three deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting moves forward.