WA state trooper shoots crazed man on I-5
I just hope the trooper is given a justified shoot ruling. He tased the guy and ended up having to shoot him after the trooper was being strangled.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- An Olympia man who was fatally shot by a Washington State Patrol trooper on Interstate 5 on Christmas Day has been identified as 28-year-old Aaron Larson.
The King County medical examiner's office said Thursday that Larson died of multiple gunshot wounds. It is ruling the death a homicide, but that only means that a human killed another human.
The ruling can be different from what police investigators and prosecutors conclude.
The shooting occurred in the northbound HOV lane near South 320th Street in Federal Way after Larson ran into traffic. Officials said Larson took his clothing off, hit vehicles with his belt and tried to open vehicle doors.
The patrol said trooper S. Michael Cheek used his service gun to shoot Larson after his Taser did not stop him.
The 36-year-old Cheek is on paid administrative leave as the Federal Way police investigate the shooting at the request of the patrol..
The latest: Father to Sue
I'm on the Troopers side on this one. He was a danger to the public and the Trooper had to make contact with him to keep him from causing a terrible accident that could have killed dozens of innocent people. Unfortunately, during that contact he got the upper hand and the Trooper had to shoot him.
Father says he'll sue patrol for killing son
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CENTRALIA -- The father of a man shot by a state trooper on Christmas Day says he plans to sue the Washington State Patrol for using excessive force.
Jerry Larson of Ethel says his son was suffering from depression after several deaths in the family and had never been so aggressive in public. But on Christmas Day, 28-year-old Aaron Larson ran into traffic on Interstate 5 near Federal Way and was shot and killed by a trooper after a shock by a Taser failed to subdue him.
The incident is still under investigation. Trooper S. Michael Cheek is on administrative leave.
The State Patrol says the Federal Way Police Department is investigating whether the use of force against Larson was justified.
I applaud the Trooper for trying to protect motorists and using his Taser first, to try and protect the perp as well. :congrats: