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Deputy shoots and kills suspect in Tacoma

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2011 at 9:11 am |
October 22, 2011 10:12 am
Photo courtesty Pierce County Sheriff's Department - Deputies today shot suspected car thief Aaron Westby, 39, in this reportedly stolen pickup truck.

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 39-year-old suspected car thief at about 5:30 a.m. today in Tacoma.

Two deputies in a patrol car confronted the man in a stolen pickup truck parked in an alleyway near 19th and Yakima, according to sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

Aaron Westby, the suspect, was wanted on warrants for assault and fleeing from an officer, Troyer said. A struggle ensued as the deputies attempted to arrest him. They tased Westby, but he continued to fight.

One of the deputies shot after Westby said he had a gun and reached for the glovebox, Troyer said. The man was dead at the scene.

Tacoma police are investigating the incident. The involved deputies are on administrative leave, as is normal in officer-involved shootings. Troyer said the deputy who fired his gun had 10 years of law enforcement experience, with five years in corrections and five years on patrol.

Troyer said the pickup, a new model Ford, was reported stolen out of the Puyallup area Friday. Westby had several briefcases he appeared to be loading in the truck. Deputies are awaiting a warrant to search them, Troyer said.

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