Officers identified in Kitsap County shooting of 72-year old man following domestic violence call
May 25, 2018
(KITSAP COUNTY) – The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two law officers involved in a May 15th shooting incident in which a 72-year old South Kitsap man was shot when a vehicle chase came to an end and there was a confrontation between suspect and officers.
The officers involved were Bremerton police offucer Christopher Faidley, with 5 years of law enforcement service and Kitsap County Sheriff’s officer Paul Woodrum, with 16-years service.
The sheriff’s office says the shooting stemmed from, “A domestic violence assault investigation, police pursuit and a felony assault situation that occurred that afternoon in the City of Port Orchard and in surrounding areas of unincorporated South Kitsap,” according to a statement issued Thursday. “Shortly after the incident the involved personnel were placed on administrative assignment, a standard procedure in situations involving lethal force. They will return to duty in accordance with their agency protocols and policy.”
The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team (KCIRT), a multi-agency investigative team with detectives from Kitsap County law enforcement agencies including the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol is the lead KCIRT agency in this case and will release further details when the investigation is concluded.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was initially contacted during a domestic violence assault investigation. There was a police pursuit on that May 15th afternoon through Port Orchard and the surrounding areas of South Kitsap.
The man who was shot was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma in critical condition. The sheriff’s office says as of yesterday, May 24th the man remained in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The sheriff’s office also said this particular “domestic violence assault...manifested itself into a lengthy vehicle pursuit in which a firearm was used by a male experiencing a mental health crisis to assault law enforcement officers.”
While exact details of the shooting incident were not released, Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson said that once the suspect had been stopped and the police pursuit was over, “The actions of this individual caused the pursuing officers to fire their weapons. Although seriously injured, the suspect survived...he was given several opportunities to comply and chose not to. Had he done so, the result would have been different.”
“This kind of lethal encounter is a reality that we now experience far too frequently. Both agencies have become involved in critical incident officer shootings during the past year. Like any deadly force situation, the reaction of involved officers was in direct response to the actions of the individual,” added Simpson.
Background on shooting
The sheriff’s office said deputies were dispatched just after 2 pm on that May 15 to the man’ss home on New Dove Lane in South Kitsap after his family became concerned about his emotional health. The same man reportedly had been involved in a domestic violence incident about 14 hours earlier. He had reportedly assaulted a family member.
Family members then informed deputies the man had left the house in a 2013 black Ford Expedition SUV and that he had taken with him a handgun. The suspect was later seen by a sheriff’s deputy parked outside a restaurant at SE Sedgwick Road & State Route 16.
Just after 3:30 pm the suspect left that restaurant and led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit around South Kitsap and Port Orchard. During the pursuit the suspect, according to officers, had brandished his firearm and “taunted officers” as he evaded efforts of the officers to take the man into custody.
There was a long string of events from that pont forward, including a period where the man went back to his house, that eventually ended around 7:15 pm that night with the man’s SUV in the driveway of a rural residence not far from the 8500 block of Banner Road SE. It was there that the man reportedly began waving his gun after being stopped by officers. The incident ended with gunfire at about 7:17 pm.