Deputy who shot and injured fugitive in Buckley identified

August 27, 2013 

A fugitive shot by a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy outside a Buckley motel last week wasn’t armed at the time of the shooting but was reaching for cash and drugs in his pants when the deputy fired, authorities said today.

Justin Linn, 28, is still recovering in an area hospital. He is expected to survive.

The deputy who shot him was identified today as John Delgado, 37, who has been with the department 15 years. Delgado remains on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

The incident unfolded the morning of Aug. 22 in the parking lot of West Main Hotel.

Deputies were already on the lookout for Linn, who was wanted for a July 27 home invasion robbery in Spanaway where he was suspected of shooting a woman. He also allegedly made threats against a family in Buckley who may have testified against him in the home invasion case.

The deputy said he shot Linn because he was reaching in his pants for something and Linn was believed to be armed.

“He was going for cash and dope in his pants,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

No gun was found on Linn after the shooting but a loaded 9 mm pistol was found in his motel room.

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