ROY, Wash. (AP) — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says a 50-year-old man fatally shot by a SWAT team sharpshooter had made specific threats toward others and fired at a sheriff’s plane and deputies as they arrived to arrest him.
The News Tribune (http://is.gd/3kbPtB) identified the man shot Tuesday as Raymond LaMadeleine. No deputies were hurt and the plane was not damaged.
Spokesman Ed Troyer says deputies recovered an assault rifle and other weapons. The man reportedly shot at his neighbors Tuesday, prompting deputies to get a warrant for his arrest. Troyer says the man had made “specifically timed threats” toward others and officers had to act.
The spokesman said officers had the man involuntarily committed in November.
Court documents show he hadn’t paid rent on the rural Roy, Wash., property since July and the owners served him with an eviction notice Jan. 5.
The deputy who fired the fatal shot is on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com