Three Pierce County sheriff’s deputies who fatally shot a man last summer after he lunged at them with a knife were justified in their actions, the Prosecutor’s Office ruled Friday.
Eduardo Navarrete-Cordero, 35, died Aug. 12 after being shot 11 times in Frederickson following a domestic dispute.
His sister called 911 that morning to report that Navarrete-Cordero had kidnapped his brother-in-law at knifepoint and was high on methamphetamine.
While deputies were on their way to the home on 189th Street Court East, dispatchers told them Navarrete-Cordero had left the house and was was walking south on 74th Avenue East.
Several deputies began searching the area for the armed man.
Two deputies, Christopher Kurkowski and Greg McClendon, found Navarrete-Cordero in the neighborhood and called for backup.
Deputy James Oleole also responded.
They gave Navarrete-Cordero orders to drop his knife, but he refused.
Investigators said Navarrete-Cordero lunged at Oleole and all three deputies fired at him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, with the knife still allegedly in his hand.
An autopsy showed Navarrete-Cordero had been shot 11 times, two of which were fatal wounds. He also had meth in his system and several cuts on his wrist, indicating he’d tried to hurt himself prior to the shooting, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
“Mr. Cordero was suicidal and sadly chose to commit suicide-by-cop,” Prosecutors Mark Lindquist said in a news release.
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