Po­lice kill shooter off Wash­ing­ton coast

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

BAIN­BRIDGE IS­LAND, Wash. — Of­fi­cers fa­tally shot a gun­man who fired to­ward the shore from a sail­boat in the wa­ters off Wash­ing­ton state, au­thor­i­ties said.

Bain­bridge Is­land Po­lice spokesman Kel­lie Stick­ney said the man opened fire at of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to calls about 8:30 p.m. Satur­day night in Ea­gle Har­bor.

As­sis­tant Fire Chief Luke Car­pen­ter told the Seat­tle Times that the man had been “just fir­ing ran­domly” from the boat, docked near the har­bor on the is­land’s south­east cor­ner. He later be­gan shoot­ing at po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter they ar­rived, au­thor­i­ties said.

Au­thor­i­ties told res­i­dents just af­ter 9 p.m. to avoid the shore­line near the har­bor. A lit­tle more than an hour later, the city of Bain­bridge Is­land warned res­i­dents who live near the shore to seek shel­ter and avoid win­dows.

The man stopped fir­ing about 11 p.m., but the standoff con­tin­ued, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. Po­lice used flash­bang grenades and smok­ing de­vices to get the man to sur­ren­der, KOMO-TV re­ported. About 12:30 a.m., he ap­peared on the boat’s deck, naked, ac­cord­ing to a KOMO-TV pho­tog­ra­pher who was at the scene.

Later, he climbed back into the cabin and emerged with what ap­peared to be a ri­fle, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports. A video taken by lo­cal me­dia shows him aim­ing the weapon. That’s when po­lice fired and struck him. The man died about 1 a.m., au­thor­i­ties said. No one else was in­jured.

The man’s iden­tity has not been re­leased.

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