Pierce County, Washington, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist issued a press release late yesterday stating after an intensive investigation, a Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy was justified in the fatal shooting of a former Soldier.
Brian McLeod, 25, formerly of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, died of two gunshot wounds to the abdomen on the night of March 21, 2014.
Law enforcement had responded to a 911 call they received reporting some type of domestic disturbance.
The report states that Officer J. Sousley “had little choice” but to fire upon McLeod when he came out of his apartment in University Place armed with a shotgun. The investigation indicated McLeod raised the gun towards the deputy as well as a Fircrest police officer.
The Pierce County coroner’s report said McLeod had marijuana and alcohol in his body at the time of his death.
The family of the former Soldier had requested a medical examiner’s inquest into the shooting. An inquest is an independent review in which witnesses are called into open court to answer questions. The request was declined by county authorities.
McLeod left the Army in 2010, after what was a brutal tour in Afghanistan where his battalion lost 21 Soldiers. His company commander, Capt. John Hallett, was killed in a bomb attack just one month into the deployment.
McLeod is survived by his wife Katie, 24.
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