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Update on Feb. 12 officer-involved shooting on Sixth Avenue

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 29, 2007 at 1:40 pm |
March 29, 2007 1:40 pm

Last month’s officer-involved fatal shooting at a Tacoma home has been ruled justifiable by Pierce County Prosecutor Gerry Horne.

Tacoma police officer Kevin Lorberau’s actions were within state law when he shot and killed Barry Millsap, 38, inside the home in the 5000 block of Sixth Avenue.

Millsap, you may recall, was had pointed a weapon at the officer and refused to put it down. In the days afterward, we learned Millsap had pointed a small, black cordless drill at Lorberau.

Lights & Sirens posted photos of the drill last month. You can view that post here.

A press release from Horne’s office Thursday indicates that Millsap’s BAC was .20 – more than two times the legal driving limit – at the time of his death. It also revealed that Millsap’s gunshot wounds were consistant with him being in a shooting posture at the time.

Officers were called to the Sixth Avenue home by Millsap’s estranged wife, who said he assaulted her with a cast and steel-toed boot. He had a conviction for fourth-degree domestic violence assault and had been arrested several times before on susipcion of assault and dv. He had recently been through an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation program.

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