Wash. officer kills man who fired at deputies
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ROY, Wash. (AP) -- A Pierce County sheriff's spokesman says a SWAT team sharpshooter fatally shot a man who reportedly opened fire on deputies and a sheriff's airplane as officers tried to serve a search warrant on a rural home near Roy, Wash.
No officers were injured Tuesday evening.
Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tells The News Tribune (http://is.gd/gDaxfB ) that the 50-year-old man was firing a high-powered assault rifle.
Troyer says the SWAT team brought armored vehicles because the man had been reportedly shooting at neighbors earlier in the day. The spokesman says the resident had also recently threatened to kill neighbors and deputies.
The newspaper says the man had been involuntarily committed several months ago. He was not immediately identified.
Troyer says the deputy who killed the man with a single shot has been placed on administrative leave.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the plane sustained any damage.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com