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Former JBLM Soldier shot dead by Pierce Co., Washington Deputy

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Yesterday, March 24, authorities released the name of a former Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier who was shot and killed by a Pierce County Deputy Friday night.

Brian McLeod, 25, a former combat Soldier, stepped out of his apartment in University Place, Wash., Friday night as Pierce County officers responded to a 911 call of a disturbance at the home. He was carrying a shotgun.

At least one officer feared for his life when McLeod reportedly raised the gun instead of throwing it to the ground. That officer fired a deadly shot.

Police said that McLeod’s friend stepped outside of the apartment and laid down on the grass at law enforcement's request. There were no reports that he was armed.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor:

“I am saddened by the death of a man who served our country. And I am grateful that my deputy and the Fircrest officer were not killed by a shotgun blast.”

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.

The McLeod family has retained an attorney.

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