Two Tacoma police officers that fatally shot a mentally ill man after he fired a handgun at them in January were justified in their actions, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced today.
Officers Sean Mallot and Matthew Verkoelen were on patrol Jan. 28 when they noticed a man who fit the description of a vehicle prowler they’d been searching for earlier in the night.
Police said the man was pacing, talking to himself and gesturing dramatically with his arms.
The officers stopped at a gas station at 1302 Puyallup Ave. and asked 42-year-old Robert David O’Connell for identification.
Instead, they …