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Fatal shooting of Sumner man by Milton officer justified, prosecutor rules

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Feb. 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
February 19, 2013 7:57 pm

The fatal shooting of a Sumner man by a Milton police officer has been ruled lawful, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

Patrick Don Durnford, 47, was shot Oct. 24 outside him home in the 7000 block of 142nd Avenue East.

According to prosecutors:

Officer Zack Kenyon shot Durnford while responding to the residence as part of the Pierce County Metro SWAT team. The death was determined to be a justifiable homicide.

Durnford said he had a .357 handgun and a hostage, and exited the house and pointed what appeared to be an orange handgun at SWAT team members.

Kenyon fired his duty rifle once after Durnford ignored commands to stop and drop the weapon. The Sumner man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the medical examiner’s office ruled the cause to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Durnford left several suicide notes inside the residence, and had a blood alcohol level of .29 at the time of his death. No hostage was found inside the home. It was determined he was holding a loaded flare gun at the time of the incident.

Details about Officer Kenyon’s law enforcement background were not available Tuesday.

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