Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office determines that the use of deadly force in the shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr. on Oct. 29, 2020 was justified and lawful
The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office concluded their review of the officer involved shooting incident involving Kevin Peterson, Jr. on October 29, 2020. The review determined the use of deadly force was justified and lawful.
Last October, Sheriff Chuck Atkins stated he was committed to the accountability and transparency of this agency as expected by the community, and by state law. The investigation of this incident was conducted independent of the Sheriff’s Office and personnel. The investigation was forwarded by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for independent review by the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, again for purposes of improved transparency and increased accountability.
“We appreciate the hard work of the investigators and the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in this matter,’’ read a statement from the CCSO Monday.
Sheriff Atkins was not available for comment Monday. Undersheriff John Chapman issued the following statement:
“Incidents such as this are very difficult on everyone. The loss of life is tragic for all the parties involved. Although some may have expected or wished for a different outcome, we have placed our trust in the independent investigation protocols as put in place by the State of Washington.
“I appreciate the hard work of each of the men and women deputies of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, who continue to do their work of striving for the best of public safety under increasingly difficult and dangerous circumstances.
“We have been notified of an intent to file a lawsuit involving this incident and will have no further comment on the matter accordingly.’’
Information provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.