Poulsbo man dies after Highway 16 overpass shooting

Details about what transpired aren’t known; KCSO deputy involved in shooting

PORT ORCHARD — A Poulsbo man was shot by a deputy from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday after he was spotted by multiple observers sitting at the edge of the Bethel-Burley Road overpass above Highway 16.

Calls were received by law enforcement at 7:23 p.m. indicating that the man, described as a white male, was dangling his legs from the overpass.

Details about what transpired are sketchy. What is known is that the man, identified as 36-year-old David James Pruitte of Poulsbo, was rushed by a medical unit to a hospital in Pierce County. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said members of the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team, an inter-agency law-enforcement group, are investigating the incident. A spokesman said Bremerton and Port Orchard Police investigators are participating along with the Washington State Patrol.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy involved in the shooting has been assigned to administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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