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Pierce sheriff’s deputies who shot man in Tacoma area identified

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department on Monday identified two deputies who shot and wounded a man who slashed the uniform of one deputy as she approached him.

The 32-year-old man was in good condition, and expected to be released from the hospital and booked into jail this week, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The man is accused of wielding a knife and a screwdriver when deputies arrived at his home in the 2400 block of 96th Street South in response to reports the man was making suicidal threats.

When one of the deputies approached the man he slashed her uniform, authorities said The deputy, identified as 33-year-old Jessica Johnson, then fired, Troyer said. Another deputy, Jason Youngman, 34, also fired.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the man was hit. Troyer said it appeared both deptuies shot the man.

Two other deputies were at the scene, but did not fire. They were on administrative leave, but since have returned to work.

Johnson and Youngman remain on administrative leave after the shooting, per procedure. Johnson has seven years on the force; Youngman has three.

The two are expected to be back on the job in a couple days.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

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