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Fatal police shooting of JBLM medic justified

Mar. 27, 2013 - 08:46AM   |  
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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.

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