SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a homeless man back in May will not face charges, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday.
The prosecutor’s office determined Deputy Joseph Wallace was justified in shooting Ethan A. Murray after responding to reports of a disorderly man at a Spokane Valley apartment complex.
When Wallace got there, he was told by a woman that Murray had threatened children playing near the apartment.
SCSO said Wallace reported that Murray was making threats and reached for something near his waistband. Witnesses said they heard Wallace repeatedly tell Murray to "put it down" before he fired his weapon.
An investigation later revealved the item Murray pulled from his waistband was a pair of black sunglasses.
“At the time of the application of deadly force, Deputy Wallace had a reasonable belief that Murray was armed with a deadly weapon and, therefore, posed a threat of serious bodily injury to him. Deputy Wallace had a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions," the prosecutor's office said in a release.
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