- Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - Two Lakewood police officers were found to have been justified in fatally shooting a man in a lumberyard in April.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports (https://bit.ly/1SFxQ5S ) that the death of 37-year-old Daniel Isaac Covarrubias was ruled a justifiable homicide by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lundquist Tuesday.

Officers David Butts and Ryan Hamilton shot and killed Covarrubias April 21 when they were called to a lumber yard about a suspicious person.

Prosecutors say they found Covarrubias on top of a pile of lumber and told him a ladder was coming for him to climb down. Covarrubias did not respond and instead reached into his pocket and took out a cellphone which he then pointed at officers. Butts and Hamilton fire, hitting Covarrubias several times. He died later at a hospital.


Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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