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Pierce County deputy fatally shoots suspect

Pierce Deputy OISSPANAWAY – A Pierce county sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a suspect during a traffic stop in Spanaway early Saturday morning.  Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Jerry Bates said that the male suspect was a passenger in a pickup that deputies pulled over in the 17400 block of Pacific Avenue.  The two sheriff’s deputies recognized the suspect, who had a warrant for drugs and identity theft, Bates said.

As the deputies were attempting to arrest the suspect, the man reportedly pepper sprayed the deputies, with one of the deputies firing at least one shot, striking the suspect.  Medics responded and declared the man dead at the scene, Bates told Q13 Fox News.  The deputies were treated by medics, but were not hurt.   Bates said that the male driver of the pickup and a female passenger were questioned, but not arrested.

The deputy that fired the shot has been put on administrative leave.  The identity of the suspect and autopsy will be performed by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office.


33 Comments to “Pierce County deputy fatally shoots suspect”

    Robert said:
    February 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Wow, 2 well trained officers of the law, 1 criminal with a non-lethal irritant and they take away his right to exist. They killed him over pepper spray?

      Deana said:
      February 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      I agree…. two well trained killers against one boy with pepper spray. Sad

        Guest said:
        February 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Again showing your ignorance.

        RKS said:
        February 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Where did the story mention age for you to say "boy?" Yes, well trained. They were assaulted by a felon and they are going home. Good on them. Job well done.

          john doe said:
          February 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

          hey mister rks the "suspect" was 21, the truck pulled over for "traffic violations", they werent any. The police officers attacked Micheal and he chose to defend himself so go fuck yourself buddy.

            RKS said:
            February 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

            So he wasn't a "boy" as stated. Thanks for making that point. At 21 he can vote, he can purchase a fire….oh wait, he was a felon so no he couldn't do that.

            You know for a fact there were no violations. Lane change without signaling, headlight/tail light out, etc. Were you the driver? If not, you weren't there. So STFU.

            This pillar of society was an identity thief. I wonder how many lives he screwed up with this career choice. How much money did his victims have to pay to clear their names and prove their innocence? He was a drug dealer. Yeah, he looks like a great member of society.

            As for your keyboard tough guy comment of "go fuck yourself buddy" goes……I don't need to fuck myself. I have your mom for that. Maybe she should have swallowed the day you were conceived.

      Guest said:
      February 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Yep, and anyone with a brain would have done the same thing. Would you have rather them use their liberal criminal coddling fairy dust to sprinkle on him to apprehend him? People like you watch too many movies and don't understand real life and real danger. That's why you sit at home on your fat butt quarterbacking the police all day. If you physically fight the police, you deserve to get what is coming to you. This isn't Russia. There are many courses of action to take against the police other than violence.

        Cheyanne Collind said:
        February 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Do any of you dumb asses have any respect. He WAS a young man with a daughter, sister an mother thats left behind. If that was your brother father or son you would be extremely pissed off if you saw the stupid sellfish comments that you heartless people leave behind. Ya he made mistakes but all of you dumb asses did an still do mistakes. So don’t sit on the computer or whatever an leave comments like this that may happen to you one day. DAMN PEOPLE HAVE A FUCKING HEART FOR ONCE!!!!!!!!!!

          RKS said:
          February 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

          Maybe he should have thought of those things before he chose to persue a career in identity theft, drug dealing, and assault on police officers.

          My son, sister, father, or any other family member you want to mention won't find themselves in this situation. You know why? They aren't felons continuing to commit felonies.

          One arrest is a mistake. Multiple offences is not. Don't talk about this criminal as though he still a pack of gum at the corner store.

          You talk about selfish. Selfish is making choices that can take you away from your family for a long time or permanently. Selfish is stealing peoples identity without a care of how that will effect the people whos identity was stolen. Selfish is dealing drugs without a care of what those drugs will do to the end user or whether they find their way into the hands of kids. THAT is selfish.

        Lisa Stewart said:
        February 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        How did Michael leave the vehicle with pepper spray?

      Gordgray said:
      February 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Ya GO get sprayed then make a stupid comment

    Deana said:
    February 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    now you wont even post my comment, why cause you know how assanine you all are

      Tom said:
      February 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      You're a felon aren't you? Is that why you side with criminals? You are why I have to carry a gun in king county. People like you coddle criminals and demonize the police.

    Deana said:
    February 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    The cops continue to get away with abusing there power. He was a kid!! Maybe a criminal but he is still a human being who never will get to raise his babies or get a chance to change. People make mistakes. God im so mad. I will never trust a officer again.

      Guest said:
      February 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Deana, first, it's "their" not "there." Second, you're an ignorant fool and the decay of society. Be an adult and point the blame on the idiot dirt bag who attacked the police and was already a regular in the criminal justice system.

      RKS said:
      February 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Well, lets see. He was a known drug dealer and identity thief. Both felonies. I assume he spent some time in jail for one or both offenses. He then assaults a police officer. Another felony. I'd say he had more than enough chances "to change" as you say. You're right, people make mistakes. Obviously, he didn't learn from his.

    Mike Caruthers said:
    February 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Everett has a cop that murdered a DUI suspect on private property
    Seattle cops have murdered several
    Kirkland cop lies for his friend and a 6 year old girl dies
    And now Spanaway joins this merry, bloody list


    Did your eyes burn? Did your nose run?
    Yeah, that sounds like a capital offense…

      Don said:
      February 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      You're an idiot. Why don't you strap a gun on your hip and let me pepper spray you? Let's see how you react. I may or may not overpower you because you're blinded by the pepper spray and take your gun from you. You stupid troll weenie.

      RKS said:
      February 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      So you were there? If not then your comment makes no sense in reguards to Spanaway.

    Ted said:
    February 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Wow,…wait,…what? Something doesn’t sound right.

    Shawn said:
    February 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    The live twitter feed indicated a knife at the scene as well. They are still investigating full event I’m sure there is more to this. Yes there were 2 officers but there were 3 people in the car who and one of them was an idiot CRIMINAL who had a warrent out for his arrest because he is a CRIMINAL and HE made the decision to attack the police rather than go to jail. He’s not some “poor innocent kid” shot down for no reason. It’s the officers job to protect themselves and the public (they want to go home alive at the end of the night) Attacking them with anything shows intent to harm or worse! Quit trying to make the cops the bad guys!!! An innocent person wouldnt have attacked the officers at all!!

      Guest said:
      February 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM


      RKS said:
      February 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I agree with most of this. One exception being, is that the Supreme Court has determined that it is NOT the job of the police to protect the public.

      Guest said:
      February 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      he was attacked first you have no idea what you are talking about

        RKS said:
        February 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        He was a wanted felon. Enough said.

          Lisa Stewart said:
          February 21, 2014 at 12:33 AM

          After the sheriffs lack of regard / response for Chris Virdell; many of us in the Spanaway community have not worked through those emotions. If I see hostility, I don't wonder why

    D-min said:
    February 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Sounds like reasonable cause was used. A criminal refused arrest and attacked the police. One idiot out of the gene pool. What if that “sweet innocent kid” was the one who got your kid hooked on crack or worse, meth? What if it was your daughter selling her body for a hit often. You’d be there thanking them cops. The moment he sold drugs he ceased being inocent. And before y’all get all up on arms about this, I have a son. And I will teach him morality, right and wrong and to never be dumb enough to point a weapon fight or run from the cops. Only a dumb stupid person
    Who wants to die does that.

    Guest said:
    February 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Wow you people above are such morons… well except D-min. You are what is wrong with society and why there are criminals that keep committing crimes.

    This guy pepper sprayed two police officers who are carrying guns and keys to their vehicles that have even more guns.

    Have you been pepper sprayed? If I was a cop and someone pepper sprayed me, I would shoot too.

    What is the dirt bag's intention? To kill the cops? How would you know that? They didn't and they aren't idiots like you freaks to sit and wait to find out.

    Other than probably being felons yourselves, that's why you can't protect the public because you are too stupid.

    This guy was a dangerous criminal. Blame the criminal; not the cops. But that's what you stupid seattle freaks do. You always blame the good guy because you like rooting for the underdog. I can't stand seattle or king county. I hope the hawks lose just for that reason. You stupid morons.

    1goodeed said:
    February 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    One of the number one rules taught in the Academy is to NEVER let a suspect get your gun. Pepper spray is used to temporarily blind a person. If the idiot was brazen enough to pepper spray an Officer what makes you think he was not going to take the Officers gun and use it against him. We have lost enough Officers in this state. Can't say that for the felon thugs.

    Traci K said:
    February 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Prayers for this young man's family and friends left behind to grieve. May you find some peace of mind after a tragedy like this. I am so sorry for everyone's loss.

    beck daines said:
    February 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    First and for most, ppl should not open their mouths unless you know both sides of the story. Straight up, yes guy was a crimnal. But IT DOES NOT GIVE THESE F#@*CKIN COPS TO SHOOT AN UNARMED MAN 4 TIMES!!! AN COPS FAILED TO INFORM THE MEDIA THAT THEY (cops) WHERE THE ONES WHO PEPPER SPRAYED THE PASSENGER FIRST. Cause YES HE STARTED TO STRUGGLE WITH THE COP. An lets say here an now, (an just ppl know I come a cop family & with a cop) COPS WILL LIE TO JUSTIFY THIER COWARDLY ACTIONS! But lets not comment how they beat the crap out of the driver of the truck who was complying with the cops request to lay face down. The cops procced to beat the driver after the shoot the passenger died. Broke his check bone, punched along with kneed the driver’s back. OH WAIT, DRIVER IS DISABLED TO BOOT!!! Not to add shot the passenger right in front of his girlfriend. An even after driver gave them (cops) permission to search the truck, it was impounded anyway. Yes after the girlfriend and driver was question, they (cops ) were some what

    beck daines said:
    February 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Pg 2.
    Kind enought to drop the 2 other ppl in the truck somewhat close to thier home. The driver was still bleeding ftm his injuries recived by these COWARDLY COPS! An all so damaged this guy’s truck, when they (cops) threw the driver into the side of his truck after getting the shit beat out of him. So all you ASSHOLES who say the guy was deserved whst he got he was a criminal. DID THE DRIVER DESERVES THE BEAT DOWN, THE COST OF GETTING TRUCK OUT OF IMPOUND??? THIS GUY WHO WAS COMPLYING WITH ALL THE COMMANDS THE COPS WHERE SCREAMING AT HIM WAS NOT A CRIMINAL… NOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY? An last thing to add. When the ppl whoo knew the passenger who was murdered by these cops, where at the scene where this all happened. Tryn to give thier last respects to the dead, SEVERAL PIERCE COUNTY COPS WHERE CIRCLING AND HARASSING THE MOURNERS. WAY TO GO PIERCE COUNTY COPS! F@#*CKING COWARDS & FINDING BEHIND THAT METAL THING, YOU COPS CALL A BADGE.

    Lisa Stewart said:
    May 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    This kid was no suspect in the murder…….policemen lyin'

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