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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:07 PM

King County, Wash., sheriff makes policy changes after unarmed man shot 16 times in bed

Source: Seattle Times

Relations between the King County Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Corrections (DOC) have been strained after a sheriff's detective and a corrections officer reportedly shot a man about 16 times, severely wounding him during a joint operation that took an unexpected turn.

... The incident occurred inside an Auburn-area house Feb. 11. The man who was shot, Dustin Theoharis, now 29, survived multiple wounds to his arms, legs, torso and jaw, including fractures that required a series of surgeries.

... DOC Specialist Kris Rongen, assisted by sheriff's Detective Aaron Thompson, went to the house to serve a felony arrest warrant on an ex-offender someone other than Theoharis who had failed to report to community supervision. ... After taking the ex-offender, Nicholas Harrison, into custody, Thompson and Rongen learned that Theoharis was in a different part of the house ... . They decided to check whether Theoharis had a gun, which would be a violation of Harrison's probation.

Rongen and Thompson headed to a dark room where Theoharis was lying in a bed. "Specialist Rongen and Detective Thompson said that they identified themselves, gave Mr. Theoharis commands that he did not comply with, that he said he had guns, and that it appeared that he was reaching for one," according to a report by the sheriff's shooting review board.

... No firearms were found in the room. A flashlight was found in a pool of blood next to the bed, and an end table within reaching distance contained aluminum cans and a variety of objects, including two remote controls, according to the prosecutors' summary.

Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020096770_shooting10m.html

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Reply King County, Wash., sheriff makes policy changes after unarmed man shot 16 times in bed (Original post)
Newsjock Jan 2013 OP
GreenPartyVoter Jan 2013 #1
bluedigger Jan 2013 #5
GreenPartyVoter Jan 2013 #7
bluedigger Jan 2013 #9
Ikonoklast Jan 2013 #11
bluedigger Jan 2013 #13
pscot Jan 2013 #2
upaloopa Jan 2013 #3
The Magistrate Jan 2013 #8
L0oniX Jan 2013 #4
geomon666 Jan 2013 #6
Bigmack Jan 2013 #10
datasuspect Jan 2013 #12

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:12 PM

1. Holy crap! I can't believe the young man survived that kind of assault!

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:18 PM

5. Maybe being doped up helped.

"Also found in the room were heroin, needles, spoons and a scale with heroin residue, although no criminal charges were filed against Theoharis."

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:27 PM

7. You mean like the way being drunk helps some people survive car accidents? I dunno. Maybe.

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:36 PM

9. I don't know too much about heroin.



I think the alcohol helps you survive thing is a myth, isn't it? But you are right, I was thinking that a powerful narcotic might have helped the victim survive. And I hope he wins his suit.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:43 PM

11. You make an assumption.

An internal investigation found that Rongen and Thompson did not ask the owner of the house or the target of the arrest warrant "anything about the occupant of the room, if there were weapons present or if the person permanently lived at the residence."


He wasn't charged for a reason, they had no evidence that set of works belonged to him, and not anyone else living there.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:43 PM

13. Of course I do.

It's a pretty easy one to make under the circumstances. The fact the police didn't press charges isn't really relevant to the question of how the victim survived the attack. If the victim wasn't doing heroin then my hypothesis is invalid, but the evidence points to the contrary. (The victim slept through an apprehension in the house.) In any case, only the medical records would reveal that, assuming they did a tox screen, and we are unlikely to ever know one way or another.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:15 PM

2. Two frightened little men

both blazing away in the dark. Cops scare the shit out of me.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:15 PM

3. I am not condoning what was done

but maybe with the proliferation of guns police feel more at risk then they use to.
This is another result of our gun culture I think. A police stand your ground.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:34 PM

8. That Is a Factor, Sir

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:16 PM

4. Cops = gun nuts ...too. n/t

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:24 PM

6. Gee, not only are these cops stupid

But they can't shoot either. What good are they?

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:40 PM

10. 6 LA cops shot 90 shots...

at an unarmed man.

Hit him 15 times and killed him.

What happened to the other 75 rounds? In the breeze, baby, in the breeze.

Makes me want to have lots of guns... even police guns... in the schools.

NOT.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:00 PM

12. he was resisting

 

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