Colville police shooting ruled justified



COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Stevens County prosecutors won’t file charges against a Colville police officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old car prowling suspect last year.

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen concluded in a report released Monday that Officer Dan Spring feared for his life and was justified in shooting Sean Bergstrasser in a motel room Nov. 12.

According to the report, Spring was investigating reports Bergstrasser had paid for his room with money stolen from the motel owner’s truck. Bergstrasser denied it when confronted by the officer and motel owner.

The officer fired six shots at Bergstrasser after Bergstrasser picked up a pistol that had fallen out of his backpack and pointed it at the officer.

Mark Bergstrasser, of Wasco, Calif., tells the Spokesman-Review ( ) his son never used a weapon to threaten anyone.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,