Deputy who fatally shot Roy man during struggle identified

Staff writerFebruary 5, 2014 

The Pierce County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a Roy man last week has been identified as Chad Helligso, a 13-year veteran of the department.

The shooting took place early Saturday in Spanaway after 21-year-old Michael Bourquin sprayed the deputy with pepper spray while resisting arrest, sheriff’s officials said.

Helligso was hired as a corrections deputy in 2001 and moved to patrol in 2006, sheriff’s detective Sgt. Jerry Bates said Wednesday. He works the graveyard shift out of the South Hill precinct and remains on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

The shooting happened after Helligso and his partner pulled over a truck near 175th Street South and Pacific Avenue with three people inside, including Bourquin.

A warrant had been issued for Bourquin on Friday after he was charged with 58 counts of identity theft, possession of stolen property, forgery, possession of payment instruments, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

When deputies tried to arrest Bourquin, he began fighting and sprayed both deputies with pepper spray, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Helligso shot and killed Bourquin; the second deputy, who has not been identified, did not fire his weapon.

Investigators said they found a knife on the ground outside the truck, but it was unclear if it belonged to Bourquin.

The driver of the truck and the other passenger were questioned and released after the shooting.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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