Prosecutor finds deputies' use of deadly force justifiable

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Ryan Rosa, 36, have been completed. Rosa died from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Shaun Darby and Deputy Jesse Hotz. The postmortem toxicology report indicated Rosa had a potentially fatal quantity of methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist concluded the deputies acted lawfully.  “Mr. Rosa’s actions forced the deputies into a position where deadly force was justified under the law,” said Lindquist. On March 4, Rosa was wanted by law enforcement for multiple felony charges. He was located by Darby at the Motel 6 in Fife. Darby requested assistance from Hotz and Shaffer who responded to his location. ...read more

by Tacoma Weekly Jul. 20, 2017 at 1:00am