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KCSO deputy shoots woman, investigation underway

An investigation is underway concerning a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s use of lethal force, with gunshots fired, during an encounter with a 46-year-old South Kitsap woman who was armed with a handgun.

The Washington State Patrol is conducting the investigation.

The incident occurred June 9 in the 13800 block of Sidney Road SW, according to a news release.

Deputies responded about 6 p.m. after the woman’s husband called 911 to report that she threatened to harm herself. The man reported he and his wife had been involved in an argument and that his wife was angry.

He stated that the woman was inside the house alone and firearms were present. He was unsure of her access to the weapons.

“From tactical cover positions, the officers’ focus was to maintain perimeter security to contain the woman to the premises and attempt to defuse her very agitated emotional state,” stated Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman, in the news release.

Initially, deputies attempted to speak with the woman at the house, but she refused to answer the front door. Deputies finally made contract with the woman at a sliding glass door. She came to the door armed with the hammer cocked on a semi-automatic handgun.

A sheriff’s crisis negotiator attempted to make telephone contact with the woman while en route.

The woman walked outside and told deputies she wanted to be left alone and wanted to kill herself.

During the next eight minutes, sheriff’s personnel continued a dialog with the woman.

At 6:36 p.m., deputies reported gunshots had been fired and the woman was injured. She was treated at the scene by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue emergency crews and then taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

No sheriff’s personnel were injured.

The deputy involved in the shooting was Wilson Sapp, a 16-year law enforcement veteran and has been with KCS for seven years. Before coming to KCSO, he worked for the Bainbridge Island Police Department for nine years.

Sapp was placed on temporarily administrative assignment pending completion of the investigation by WSP and KCSO, according to Wilson.

 

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