Low-graphic news index |
Friday, August 17, 2012 - Page updated at 08:30 p.m.
Coroner identifies Littlerock man fatally shot by police
By Jeremy Pawloski
A man who was fatally shot by law-enforcement officers Wednesday in Littlerock has been identified as David W. Mack, 70, according to the Thurston County Coroner's Office.
Mack was shot and killed Wednesday after Mack first shot at officers from the backyard of his home, and officers returned fire, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.
Autopsy results revealed Mack died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. Thurston County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the area of Littlerock and Maytown roads at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a man with a rifle blocking traffic. The man had reportedly fired a shot at a passing car.
When deputies arrived, they ordered the man, later identified as Mack, to drop his weapon, but he instead fled to his home on Maytown Road, according to Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin.
According to Elwin:
Mack fired at deputies after he returned to his home, and some of the rounds struck Littlerock Elementary School across the street. Deputies formed a perimeter, and when Mack left his home out the back door, he was armed with a pistol.
Mack began firing from his back porch at two Thurston County sheriff's deputies and a Tenino police officer. A 47-year-old deputy and a 36-year-old Tenino officer returned fire. Mack was struck by gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is unknown which officer fired the shot that struck the Mack. Both the sheriff's deputy and the Tenino officer who fired shots have been placed on paid, administrative leave.
Mack was distraught over his wife's recent death from cancer and had been acting erratically, according to neighbors. Mack was a retired corrections officer at Cedar Creek Corrections Center.
Copyright © The Seattle Times Company
Low-graphic news index
Graphic-enabled home page