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Prosecutor’s office: Pierce Co. deputy justified in shooting armed man

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm with No Comments »
July 31, 2009 3:59 pm

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was justified when he shot and killed a Parkland man armed with a handgun earlier this year, Prosecuting Attorney Gerald Horne announced Friday.

Deputy Seth Huber “acted in strict conformance with state law” when he fired two shots at Kenneth Alan Woodham at a house in the 800 block of 111th Street South in April, Horne said in a news release.

Woodham had turned toward Huber and another deputy and pointed a .45-caliber pistol at them. He previously had ignored commands to drop the gun, which later was found to be cocked and loaded.

Woodham, 57, was hit twice in the chest and later died.

Woodham’s wife, Denise, reportedly told investigators, “Honestly, I think Ken wanted it over for him.”

Huber and another deputy had been dispatched to the house to investigate a reported domestic disturbance.

Woodham was on probation for a DUI conviction and reportedly had been drinking alcohol in violation of the terms of his release on the day of his death, according to the news release.

Medical Examiner Eric Kiesel also reviewed the case and decided a coroner’s inquest would not be necessary, Horne said.

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