BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man was unarmed when he was fatally shot earlier this month by a sheriff’s deputy, officials said.
David James Pruitt, 36, was found sitting and dangling his legs over the edge of an overpass over a highway on Aug. 4. Deputies were called for a welfare check. Shortly afterward, officials received a report from a witness that shots were fired.
Pruitt was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team determined that Pruitt was not armed during the incident, police said.
Kitsap County Sherrif’s Deputy Andrew Hren has been identified as the police officer who shot Pruitt.
Hren provided a statement to investigators through his attorney, but the statement has not been made publicly available, the Kitsap Sun reported. Hren remains on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office.
A second deputy who was on the scene is cooperating with the corresponding investigation, said Lt. Aaron Elton of the Bremerton Police Department.
Hren has been involved in two other shootings while working for the sheriff’s office, both from 2017. One of them was fatal.
Hren was one of eight officers involved in the July 2017 fatal shooting of Robert D. Yeiser, 34, who shot at homes and boats from a 50-foot sailboat in Eagle Harbor. Hren was also one of two officers who responded to an incident in Sept. 2017 that resulted in the non-fatal shooting of Jordan J. Kahn after a lengthy standoff with police from his home in Bremerton.