- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney has ruled a county sheriff’s deputy was justified when he fatally shot a man following a high-speed chase in November.

The Yakima Herald-Republic says (https://is.gd/PsDKRa ) Joe Brusic on Tuesday cleared Deputy Matt Steadman of wrongdoing.

Brusic said the deputy feared for his life when he fired at a car driven by Anthony La Violette, who had led police on a chase on U.S. Highway 12.

Steadman told investigators he ordered La Violette to stop the car. He fired four shots throughout the windshield when the car headed toward him, fatally wounding La Violette.

The Washington State Patrol investigated the shooting.

Reached by cellphone on Monday, Steadman said he was on vacation and declined comment to the newspaper.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, https://www.yakimaherald.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide