Coroner releases report on Poulsbo shooting death

The Kitsap County Incident Response Team (KCIRT) and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office released a statement from the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office Tuesday, identifying the cause and manner of death of a man killed by Poulsbo police during a crowded July 3 fireworks show.

According to the release, the county’s forensic pathologist performed an autopsy on Stonechild “Stoney” Chiefstick on Monday July 8. The official cause of death, according to the coroner’s office, were two penetrating gunshot wounds to the torso and head.

A toxicology report is pending with the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory. Lieutenant Jon VanGesen, commander of KCIRT, said that it could take some time for the report to be returned from the lab, noting that other reports for similar incidents taking upwards of six months to be returned. VanGesen said he hoped the case would be turned over to the prosecutor by the end of the week, but acquiesced that was unlikely.

Chiefstick’s manner of death has been ruled a homicide according to the release. Further investigation will determine if the officer’s actions were justified.

KCIRT investigators will continue their investigation of the events leading up to Chiefstick’s death. A hotline has been established for persons who may have witnessed the shooting or have any information or additional evidence related to the incident. Anyone with information may call 360-473-5155.

According to the release, KCIRT does not intend to provide any additional updates on the investigation.

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