Crime

Pacific man's death ruled justifiable

The actions of a Pierce County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a Pacific man wielding a bow and arrow in April were justified under state law, the offices of the Pierce County Prosecutor and Medical Examiner said Friday.

Prosecutor Gerry Horne ruled 52-year-old Jeffery Raleigh's death a justifiable homicide, meaning no coroner's inquest will be called.

Jeff Galloway was one of two deputies sent to Raleigh's home in the 700 block of Butte Avenue Southeast on April 6 after Raleigh's wife reported he was high on drugs. She had asked him to move out and he threatened to kill her and burn their house, according to prosecutors.

When the deputies approached, Raleigh was holding a baseball bat, which the deputies ordered him to drop. He did, but then picked up a bow and arrow, which the deputies said they told him to put down.

The deputies said that when Raleigh aimed the weapon at the deputies and pulled back the bow, Galloway fired three shots at him.

Raleigh died of his wounds at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Tests showed that Raleigh had several drugs, including cocaine, in his system at the time of the shooting, investigators said. His wife said he had problems with depression and a history of suicide attempts.

Before the deputies arrived, Raleigh told his wife "he was going to shoot at the deputies, and would 'go out fighting, ' " according to investigators.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268

stacey.mulick@thenewstribune.com

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