Pierce County deputy's fatal shooting justified
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Pierce County prosecutor says a sheriff's deputy was justified in fatally shooting a man last October in Tacoma.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Wednesday that Aaron Michael Westby claimed to have a gun and refused to get out of a stolen truck. A Taser had no effect on Westby and when he reached under the dashboard, the deputy fired.
No gun was found in the truck.
The autopsy showed Westby had a high concentration of methamphetamine in his blood at the time of his death.