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5 deputies who shot at chain saw-wielding man identified

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department personnel at the scene of a shooting on 262nd Street East in Graham on Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man wielding a chain saw earlier in the morning.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department personnel at the scene of a shooting on 262nd Street East in Graham on Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man wielding a chain saw earlier in the morning. dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

Five Pierce County sheriff’s deputies who fatally shot a man charging at them with a running chain saw were identified Thursday.

Deputies Brian Coburn, Roger Fuller, Robert Blumenschine, David Sutherland and Chad Helligso remain on paid administrative duty, which is standard procedure during an investigation involving an officer-involved shooting.

It was not immediately known how many times the deputies shot Justin Baker, 36, outside his parents’ house in Graham.

The shooting happened Tuesday in the 9000 block of 262nd Street East after Baker’s parents — who had a protection order against their son — called 911 to report he was outside.

Deputies arrived and ordered Baker to put down a chain saw he was carrying, but he refused. He was knocked down by a Taser but then ran at the deputies while holding the running chain saw, according to the department.

The five deputies shot simultaneously, officials said. Baker was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had mental health problems and was convicted of assaulting his parents previously, records show. He allegedly had stopped taking his medication and threatened to kill his father last week.

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Neighbor heard shots that killed man in Graham

In this raw video clip, Marjean Sutton tells reporters about the events that lead to the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old man wielding a running chainsaw as he charged at Pierce County sheriff's deputies.

David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com
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