A man fatally shot by police last week in Kitsap County did not fire at police and was not armed, as previously reported, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Thomas Anthony Black, 44, was killed last Thursday during a confrontation with deputies in a home in Suquamish. At the time of the shooting, the Sheriff’s Office said Port Gamble S’Klallam and Suquamish tribal police departments, accompanied by Kitsap County deputies, were serving an arrest warrant at the home when Black opened fire, prompting officers to return fire and kill him.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office issued a clarification this evening, saying some evidence collected from the scene was consistent with the officers’ recollection. However, they also also said a firearm was not located in the home and investigators did not find any evidence that Black had fired at officers.
Detectives said they found a black-colored toy handgun “in close proximity” to Black when he was shot.
An autopsy of Black has been completed, but the complete coroner’s report is awaiting toxicology results from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.
The investigation into the shooting is continung.