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May 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Olympia officer did not kill DUI suspect; lethal wound was self-inflicted, coroner rules

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — An autopsy report has found that a man shot by Olympia police on Friday died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

The autopsy results released Monday afternoon by the Thurston County Coroner’s Office rule the death of 53-year-old Bradden W. Ferber of Olympia a suicide. The report also says he suffered a large caliber gunshot wound to his stomach, but that it did not cause his death.

The incident began when officers responded to a report that a drunken driver involved in an accident had briefly entered an apartment and walked away.

Police say when Officer Mike Hovda encountered him, Ferber raised the handgun and Hovda fired.

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