Police are investigating a reported shooting at the Aberdeen Police department this afternoon. Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, Deputies from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, and officers from multiple jurisdictions responded to a shots-fired call at the Aberdeen Police Department just after 2 PM.
Undersheriff Brad Johansson with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said that on 05-12-20 at approximately 2:00 PM the Aberdeen police department was involved in an officer-involved shooting. A 28-year-old male suspect came into the Aberdeen Police Department parking lot pacing back and forth and yelling. Aberdeen officers exited the building to contact the male. The male was armed with a large knife and came towards the officers. A taser and a firearm were deployed by Aberdeen officers. It appears that the male was struck by the taser but was not struck by the [round from the] firearm. Officers immediately rendered first aid to the suspect. The suspect was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for further evaluation.
Aberdeen Police Chief Shumate had officers secure the scene and requested assistance from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office to conduct an independent investigation.
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office will be the leading the investigation with the assistance of the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team which is comprised of the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.
Following standard procedures, the involved officer who fired his weapon was placed on paid administrative leave. The officer has approximately 26 years of law enforcement experience. The investigation has just started and more details will be released as they become available.
Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Brad Johansson will be the public information officer for the incident.