Authorities identify chainsaw-wielding man shot, killed by deputies
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot by Pierce County deputies after he charged at them with a running chain saw.
The Olympian reports 36-year-old Justin Baker was shot and killed Tuesday outside his parents' home in Graham after his mother called 911 to report that he was trying to break in while armed with a chainsaw.
Authorities say Baker didn't comply with commands to drop the saw and that an effort to subdue him with a stun gun was unsuccessful.
They say the deputies opened fire as Baker charged at them with the chain saw.
He died at the scene.
Court records show the man was in and out of Western State Hospital and had pleaded guilty to felony harassment for threats against a former girlfriend in 2013 and against his parents last year. He reportedly told his mom he feared the Mafia was watching him from outer space.
His family said he was a methamphetamine user. He had a history of assaulting and threatening his parents, who had filed for an emergency protection order against him after an incident last week.
Still, before he confronted the deputies he told his parents, 'I love you. Goodbye."