KCIRT releases more information on Highway 16 overpass shooting

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy who shot man has been placed on leave

PORT ORCHARD — A group of Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team (KCIRT) investigators has provided more details about an officer-involved shooting in which a 36-year-old man was shot and killed Aug. 4 by a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy at the Bethel Burley Road overpass at Highway 16.

The man, described as a Kitsap County resident, was spotted by multiple observers dangling his legs over the overpass. The witnesses then called Kitsap 911 at around 7:23 p.m. Shortly after deputies arrived, 911 dispatchers then received calls reporting a volley of shots being fired.

According to a report from KCIRT issued Thursday, it is believed that one deputy fired at the man. At least two deputies were on the scene relatively quickly, the report stated. Medical aid was given to the wounded man by law enforcement personnel, followed up by assistance from medics. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

KCIRT said the deputy who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave.

“KCIRT is continually gathering all information and evidence related to this incidence,” the interagency team reported.

“We encourage anyone with information related to this case to call Bremerton Police detectives at 360-473-5228.”

The agency said a liaison has been assigned to the deceased man’s family. Lt. Aaron Elton of the Bremerton Police Department said the investigation is active and if additional relevant information is gathered, it will be released to the public.

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