Prosecutor rules fatal Washington police shooting justified

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Posted: May 13, 2016 3:27 PM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says an officer's fatal shooting of a 32-year-old woman was justified.

In a decision announced Friday, Lindquist said two officers were trying to arrest a man who was in the passenger seat of a parked car before the shooting occurred Jan. 28.

The woman, Jacqueline Salyers, was in the driver's seat. Lindquist said when the police order the pair to show their hands, Salyers started the car and accelerated toward Officer Scott Campbell.

Campbell fired, striking Salyers four times. Lindquist says the car missed him by inches. A stolen handgun was found in the vehicle.

The man they were trying to arrest, Kenneth Wright, fled and was later arrested at a home in Tacoma.

The medical examiner's office found that Salyers had morphine and a potentially fatal level of methamphetamine in her system when she died.