Deputies justified in Dec. 31 shooting

Two Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies were justified in the shooting of a man on New Year’s Eve, reported Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Haugh.

According to Haugh, the shooting of James Charles Mathes was justified.

On Dec. 31, the 44-year-old Mathes exited a residence on Bethel Burley Road armed with a revolver.

The deputies responded to a restraining order violation and witnesses reported that Mathes was holding a woman at gunpoint.

After deputies — Ben Herrin and Kurtis Lont — arrived at the scene, Mathes came outside the home with a revolver pointed at the woman and was attempting to leave the residence in a vehicle. Two deputies told Mathes to drop the gun as they approached the vehicle, stated court records.

Court documents stated Mathes opened fire on the two deputies and the deputies returned fire, striking Mathes three times. The vehicle was hit several times. Mathes was taken to a Tacoma hospital with two bullet wounds and a broken arm.

Bail was set at $1 million for Mathes who remains in the Kitsap County Jail.


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