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December 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Man shot by Pierce deputies killed self

The Associated Press

TACOMA — The Pierce County medical examiner’s office says a homicide suspect shot by two Pierce County deputies actually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Although 21-year-old James Wall was struck by at least two bullets fired by the deputies, the office said Thursday the fatal shot to the head came from the semi-automatic pistol he carried.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer tells The News Tribune the deputies fired early Wednesday when they saw Wall pull his gun in an apartment-building hallway.

It’s believed to be the same weapon that was used to kill 23-year-old Marlon Williams about an hour earlier at a nearby apartment building. Troyer says detectives believe he was shot in a dispute over a drug deal.

 

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