TACOMA, Wash. — The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office says deputies acted lawfully when they fatally shot an armed suspected carjacker.

The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/6mnmm6 ) the prosecutor’s office made the announcement Thursday about the killing of 33-year-old Charles Shands.

Shands, who was an Air Force member at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, died April 14 after deputies fired at him near his Frederickson home.

The deputies were identified at the time as Brent Tulloch, Nickolas Jankens, Brad Crawford, Colby Edwards and Sergio Sanchez.

The prosecutor’s office says Shands had cocaine and ethanol in his system and that he died from shots fired by Tulloch, Jankens, Crawford and Edwards.

Prosecutors say Shands started waving a gun in the street that day and took a vehicle at gunpoint.

Prosecutors say deputies fired after Shands accelerated toward one of their vehicles and fired again when he appeared to reach for his waistband.


Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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