Man shot dead by Island Co. deputy is ID'd as Navy chief petty officer

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OAK HARBOR, Wash. - A man who was shot to death by an Island County deputy late Sunday has been identified as Navy Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Klark Perkins.

The Island County Coroner's Office said Perkins, 37, was based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor. His cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.

Perkins was shot after he fired a gun at his friend during a struggle with deputies, law enforcement sources said.

The drama unfolded at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday when Island County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a despondent 37-year-old man at a residence in the Monkey Hill area north of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. The man was reportedly armed with a weapon.

Four Island County deputies responded to the scene, along with a lieutenant, and spotted a man on the second floor of the home with a long gun in his hand, said Trooper Heather Axtman of the State Patrol.

A friend of Perkins arrived at the home and attempted to negotiate with him. After about three hours, Perkins exited the home with his long gun. His friend tried to intervene, and a struggle ensued as deputies assisted in trying to detain Perkins.

During the struggle Perkins fired multiple shots, hitting his friend in the leg. A deputy then shot Perkins, and he died at the scene at 11:19 p.m. Sunday, the Coroner's Office said.

Perkins' friend sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. One deputy was treated and released with a minor hand injury.

The incident is being reviewed and investigated by the Skagit Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART).

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