WSP: Suspect in Kitsap Co. shooting fired at deputies first
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- The investigation into the New Year's Eve shooting near Port Orchard has revealed the 44-year-old suspect opened fire on Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies prior to being shot multiple times by those deputies, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Deputies were called to a residence in the 8400 block of Bethel Burley Road Southeast around noon by the sister of a 42-year-old woman who was there. According to the Sheriff's Office, she was worried about a man, James Mathes, who had a history of violence and a no-contact order with her sister.
According to the Washington State Patrol, which is investigating the shooting, the deputies who arrived at the scene knew Mathes had a history of violence and possibly had a gun.
When deputies arrived, Mathes confronted them with a revolver and refused to drop it, according to the State Patrol.
According to the State Patrol, the investigation shows Mathes fired at the deputies without hitting them before two deputies shot him multiple times in the torso.
Mathes was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center with serious injuries following the incident.