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Use of Force in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Ruled Justified by Prosecutor

Deadly Encounter: An ‘Apparently Suicidal’ Napavine Man Was Shot by a Lewis County Deputy on Nov. 1 After Authorities Say He Lunged at Deputy With Knife

Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 7:49 pm | Updated: 7:50 pm, Fri Nov 23, 2012.

The deputy who fatally shot a Napavine man earlier this month will not face charges, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office. Also, his use of force was ruled to be justified and consistent with his training.

Lewis County Deputy Matt Wallace shot Gregory S. Kaufman, 64, twice — once in the abdomen and once in the head — on Nov. 1, after authorities say Kaufman, who was “apparently suicidal,” ignored repeated commands to drop the knife he was holding and instead lunged at the deputy. 

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