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Tacoma officer cleared in fatal Northeast Tacoma shooting

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 2, 2008 at 10:48 am |
May 2, 2008 10:48 am

This just in from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office…

Prosecutor Gerry Horne has ruled that a Tacoma police officer was justified when he fatally shot a Northeast Tacoma man during a standoff with officers Feb. 3.

“The police officer involved acted in strict conformity with state law, and the resulting death was justifiable,” a press release stated.

In addition, the Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled no inquest will be held in the death of Wayne Allen Koenig.

Tacoma officer Dennis Quilio shot and killed Koenig after Koenig trained his assault rifle on Quilio and other officers. Various officers “could see the laser dot pointing in their direction.”

A toxicology report revealed Koenig’s blood alcohol level at 0.21, more than twice the legal limit, the press release state.

As is standard procedure in deadly officer-involved shootings, this case was investigated by TPD, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

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