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Prosecuting Attorney: Deputy's actions justified in West Richland shooting

Prosecuting Attorney: Deputy's actions justified in West Richland shooting

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Benton County Sheriff's deputy John Clary is not being found of any crime in a Fourth of July shooting incident that left one dead.

A statement from Prosecuting Attorney Andy Miller said Deputy Clary responded to a domestic violence call on the night of July 4 at Douglas West's home.

West's wife had reported he was arming himself with a shotgun and handgun and was making threats to officers if they came to the residence.

West Richland PD Officers and Deputy Clary arrived at the residence. Reports said West left his home armed with a shotgun, refusing to obey orders from officers to drop the gun.

The statement said West turned left and leveled his shotgun. Deputy Clary then fired his weapon.

West died at Kadlec Medical Center of gunshot wounds.

The Prosecuting Attorney said Clary was acting appropriately under the sad and difficult circumstances.

Miller also stated Deputy Clary shared his concern for the officers and citizens outside of the home and West's wife who was inside the home.


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