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Originally published Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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SWAT justified in fatal Hoquiam shooting

The Grays Harbor County prosecutor says Thurston County SWAT officers were justified in fatally shooting a man during a standoff in March in Hoquiam.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The Grays Harbor County prosecutor says Thurston County SWAT officers were justified in fatally shooting a man during a standoff in March in Hoquiam.

Prosecutor Steward Menefee said Thursday the shooting was self-defense because the suspect refused commands to drop his pistol.

The Olympian reports ( http://bit.ly/13QeqSc) the Thurston SWAT team was called March 26 toward the end of a 20-hour standoff.

The suspect, known as Rick or Rob Marlowe, had slightly wounded a Hoquiam officer who tried to arrest him on a warrant from Sacramento accusing him of real estate fraud.

Marlowe retreated into the home. He finally appeared in a doorway with the gun and wearing a gas mask as the house started to burn.

Three officers fired 33 shots. Marlowe was hit by 14 or 15 bullets.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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