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TACOMA, Wash. — The Pierce County prosecutor says a police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who pointed a loaded handgun at him last August outside a Tacoma home.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said 29-year-old Prince Jamel Gavin refused orders to drop the gun and was shot when he raised it toward the officer. The officer had responded to a 911 call from Gavin’s girlfriend, who said she had been assaulted.
Gavin was an Army combat medic from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who deployed twice to Iraq.
Autopsy results showed Gavin had synthetic marijuana called Zombie Matter in his bloodstream at the time of his death.