A 21-year-old Roy man died early Saturday, shot by a Pierce County sheriffs deputy.
Michael Bourquin was riding in a red truck with two friends in the middle of the night in Spanaway, Sheriffs Department spokesman Sgt. Jerry Bates said. He gave this account:
Just after midnight, two deputies pulled the truck over. The deputies were riding together, as is typical for graveyard shifts.
Bates didnt know whether there was a traffic violation first or whether the deputies merely spotted Bourquin, but he was wanted for felony drug charges and identity theft. A warrant for his arrest was issued earlier that day, records show.
When the deputies tried to arrest him, he started fighting. Then he sprayed them with pepper spray. One of the deputies, a 12-year veteran, fired. Bourquin died near 175th Street South and Pacific Avenue.
Paramedics treated the deputies for exposure to pepper spray. Theyre OK. The man driving the red truck and the other passenger, a woman, were questioned and released.
Later, investigators found a knife on the ground outside the red truck.
The deputies are on administrative leave, as is standard procedure. The shooting will be investigated by both a department team and the county Prosecuting Attorneys Office.
Kathleen Cooper: 253-597-8546; firstname.lastname@example.org; @KCooperTNT