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State trooper won’t be prosecuted for fatally shooting an intruder

The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s office won’t prosecute Washington State Patrol Trooper Jason Blankers for fatally shooting Brent R. Bayliffe on Sept. 11, 2010 outside Bayliffe’s home in Olalla.

Blakers and his wife woke up that night at approximately 11:25 p.m. to the sound of their dog barking.

When Blakers looked outside to see why, he noticed a car in the driveway, and someone he didn’t know sitting in the car.

Blakers got dressed, grabbed his pistol and went outside to see who it was.

Keeping the pistol hidden, he approached the car and asked the occupant, later identified as 30-year-old Brent Bayliffe, why he was there.

He told Bayliffe to “keep his hands in view,” according to the Decline to Prosecute Notice.

“Bayliffe did not respond coherently,” and according to the notice. Then, he jumped out of his car unexpectedly and hit Blankers in the head with a pipe.

This stunned Blankers, forced him to the ground and caused a three inch cut to his head which began bleeding profusely.

Blankers showed his weapon, at that point, and said that he was a law enforcement officer.

Then, Blankers and Bayliffe started struggling.

Blankers yelled for his wife to call the police.

“You’re gonna die. Go ahead and call the police,” screamed Bayliffe, according to Susan Cassaro, a neighbor.

Bayliffe kept attacking Blankers.

Blankers’ wife called the police.

In the recorded conversation to the 911 dispatch center, gunshots were recorded at about 11:29 p.m.

Bayliffe allegedly got on top of Blankers, and knocked the pipe out of his hand.

But he relaxed for a moment to wipe the blood out of his eyes, and Bayliffe tried to grab the pipe again.

To stop him, Blankers shot Bayliffe, hitting him twice.

One shot went from his left shoulder through his left armpit. The other went from the back of his right shoulder, through his upper back, out his left shoulder.

Several neighbors got dressed and ran down to the scene.

They found Blankers pointing a gun at Bayliffe, and Bayliffe almost dead.

One of the neighbors, a student in the Washington State Fire Academy, performed CPR on Bayliffe.

Another firefighter, who was riding with the deputy as an observer, also provided CPR and emergency first aid while they were on the way to Tacoma General Hospital.

He was pronounced dead when they reached the hospital.

The prosecutor’s decided not to institute criminal action because, “Jason Blankers committed no crime.”

“Mr. Blankers had already suffered injury at the hands of Bayliffe–a blow to the head that nearly knocked him out and caused a large, bleeding wound,” Mr. Blankers fired his weapon to prevent Bayliffe from regaining possession of (his) weapon to continue the attack, and it was entirely reasonable for Mr. Blankers to fear further attack.”

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