Prosecutor: Sheriff's deputy justified in shooting Roy man

Staff writerJune 2, 2014 

A Pierce County sheriff's deputy was within his rights when he shot and killed a Roy man earlier this year, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced Monday.

Deputy Chad Helligso fired seven shots at Michael Bourquin, 21, after pulling over a pickup he was riding in Feb. 2 near 175th Street South and Pacific Avenue.

Investigators said Bourquin sprayed mace on Helligso and another deputy and dropped a knife as they tried to arrest him.

"The defendant, who was on drugs and assaulted the officers with mace, posed a serious danger," Lindquist said in a news release. "The deputy protected himself and his fellow officer."

Bourquin was considered a "person of interest" in an unsolved homicide at the time of his death and also was being sought on an arrest warrant, the news release states. KIRO-TV reported he was wanted for questioning in the disappearance and possible slaying of Christopher Virdell, a Spanaway teenager who vanished nearly two years ago. No one has been arrested in that case.

Bourquin died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso area and had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system when he died, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office reported.


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