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Kitsap deputy involved in shooting ID’d

  • Friday, February 12, 2021 12:47pm
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Joshua Buonvino is the deputy involved in the shooting Feb. 6 at Highway 305 and NE Sol Vei Street.

According to incident documents the deputy pulled over a suspected intoxicated driver and reportedly discharged his firearm at the vehicle. The suspect was uninjured and arrested, incident reports say.

Buonvino is a lateral transfer, coming to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office in 2019 after serving for one previous year at the Kitsap County Jail and two previous years with another law enforcement agency.

“We appreciate the careful outside investigation of the incident and have followed every procedure as prescribed by the rules that implement I-940 investigations of police use of force,” Sheriff Gary Simpson said. “We take seriously our commitment to transparency in this matter.”

Simpson noted the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team investigation includes three non-law enforcement community representative who will monitor the process per state law. Because Buonvino is a KCSO deputy, that agency has no direct involvement in the investigation.

The investigation report will be completed and forwarded to the Kitsap County prosecutor for review and determination if any further action or charges are warranted.

In addition to KCIRT’s independent investigation, the sheriff’s office will conduct an internal, administrative investigation to determine if rules of conduct, policies or procedures were violated. It is standard procedure to initiate an internal investigation after the independent investigation has been completed. The internal investigation is not dependent on the outside investigation or any action by the prosecutor.

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