Investigators: Man tried to hit deputy with pool cue

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by LINDSAY CHAMBERLAIN / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

A 26-year-old man was shot and killed by a Thurston County Sheriff deputy Friday when deputies said he swung a pool cue repeatedly at them.

A taser was first used on the man, but it didn't stop him, according to Lt. Greg Elwin of the Thurston County Sheriff's Department.

"He kept coming," Elwin said.

One deputy slipped and fell and the suspect allegedly tried to hit him in the head with the pool cue before another deputy shot him.

The suspect has not been identified.

"Everything seems to point to this was a necessary use of force," Elwin said. "Deadly force was being used against our deputies and they responded appropriately."

There were indications at the scene that drugs or alcohol may have been a factor, according to Elwin.

Prior to the shooting, the suspect was recorded on surveillance video smashing windows at the Littlerock Grocery Store.

Deputies were dispatched there to investigate a burglary, but the suspect fled. They tracked his white truck to a house about two miles away on the 12400 block of Waddell Creed Road Southwest, identified by Elwin as the suspect's parent's house.

When they arrived, two deputies walked up the driveway to investigate. The suspect's mother was outside and confronted them.

"She was a little argumentative with our deputies," Elwin said.

While deputies talked with her, Elwin said the suspect emerged from the house swinging the pool cue.

One deputy fired a taser and stumbled, causing him to fall down. Elwin said at that point, the suspect, unaffected by the taser, tried to hit the deputy in the head with the pool cue. The second deputy fired a single shot.

The deputy who shot the suspect has not been identified. Elwin said he is 34-years-old, has been with the Thurston County Sheriff's Department for six years and is a former member of the military.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office will conduct the investigation.

Littlerock is located about 14 miles southwest of Olympia.

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