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.