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..