Portland, Oregon 2021-08-16 16:20:17 –
KOIN, Oregon — The Pierce County Public Prosecutor’s Office in Washington has announced that it will refuse to prosecute Clark County lawmakers who shot and killed a black man with a drug stab wound last October.
According to a letter from the Pierce County Prosecutor released Monday, the shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr. was determined to be “legitimate and legal.”
A 21-year-old Vancouver man was shot dead by two lawmakers at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office after fleeing police during a drug investigation last year.
Prosecutors said there was no legal requirement for police officers to wait for Peterson to fire, and given the facts of the case, it was reasonable for police officers to believe that deadly force was needed.
Peterson’s family and their lawyer also issued a statement on Monday after the decision.
“I was shocked by the policeman shooting Kevin from behind because I was tired of chasing Kevin, and now the two officers who shot Kevin while he was running both went to work. I’m back, “read the family statement. “This is unfair and unsafe for everyone in the community.”
“Our law does not allow police officers to shoot and kill suspects running away from home,” family lawyer Mark Lindquist said in a statement. “In his own interview, Deputy Anderson admits that he shot Kevin because he didn’t obey orders and didn’t stop running. Deputy said,” I drew a line in the sand … I gave the suspect enough orders. If he goes one step further, I will shoot him. “
Civil lawsuit filed by family Still in progress.
KOIN 6 News is seeking comment from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
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