Kitsap law enforcement investigates officer-involved shooting

PORT ORCHARD — An investigative team made up of several Kitsap agencies is conducting an intensive investigation regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred about 10:28 p.m. on Sept. 21. The shooting involved deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Based on preliminary information, Pierce County deputies initiated a pursuit of a 1996 Acura Integra, and the pursuit went north into Kitsap County. Kitsap County Communications became aware of the pursuit at 10:14 p.m. As the pursuit continued north, the vehicle’s tires were apparently flattened by spike strips deployed by Port Orchard Police. The vehicle came to a stop sometime later on Olney Road SE, between SE Horstman Road and Beach Drive.

Several Pierce County deputies were in the car’s vicinity, and one Pierce County deputy fired several shots into the vehicle. The driver, a 35-year-old man with several addresses listing him as possibly from the Gig Harbor area, was struck and was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he was admitted in critical condition. Also inside the vehicle was a 23-year-old female in the passenger seat, who was hospitalized with unrelated medical issues.

The Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team (KCIRT) responded to investigate, which sheriff’s deputies said was a normal procedure in incidents of this nature. The investigation is being conducted by outside agencies made up of the Bremerton Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Port Orchard, Bainbridge and Poulsbo police departments. Because a Kitsap County deputy was involved in the original pursuit, BPD will take the lead in the investigation.

KCIRT reported that it will forward the investigation report to the Kitsap County prosecutor’s office for review.