A man shot by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies Friday night after charging at them with a knife and screwdriver was talking and in good condition Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, agency spokesman Jerry Bates said.
Bates gave this account of the shooting:
The 32-year-old reportedly had a knife in one hand and a screwdriver in the other when officers arrived at the apartment complex in the 2400 block of 96th St. S.
They were dispatched to the apartments after a security guard called to report the man was making suicidal threats.
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He charged deputies and slashed the uniform of one deputy at chest level. That is when the deputy drew her weapon and fired, Bates said. The altercation appeared to happen on the stairwell outside the man’s home.
In total, two deputies fired their weapons and were put on administrative leave, per procedure, the agency said. Neither had been involved in previous shootings on the job.
No deputies were hurt.
The suspect suffered wounds that were not life-threatening.