Pierce County authorities have determined four Lakewood police officers acted within the scope of the law when they shot a man to death in October.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Thursday that Jason Cannon, Daniel Tenney, Brian Weekes and Mike Wulff were justified in killing Trenton L. Thorp, 33, after he pointed a gun at Weekes.
The officers came across Thorp, a Bellingham native and soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, about 1 a.m. Oct. 23 after being dispatched to a call about a suspected gunshot victim lying in the street.
They found Thorp wounded and talking to himself, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Thorp, who minutes before shot himself in the head, pointed a pistol at Weekes when the officer shone a spotlight at him, prosecutors said.
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All four officers – whose experience ranges from five to 12 years – then opened fire. Thorp was hit eight times.
Medical examiners later determined Thorp’s self-inflicted wound was not life-threatening “and felt it was possible for Thorp to continue conscious motor function skills,” according to a prosecutors’ statement.
“This appears to be a case where the deceased committed ‘suicide-by-cop,’” Lindquist said.
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