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Investigating team names deputy who shot armed elderly Buckley-area man

The non-fatal shooting is still under investigation, and the identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

Investigators Thursday released the name of the Pierce County sheriff’s deputy who shot a Buckley-area 70-year-old man on April 15.

Tacoma Police Department spokesperson Wendy Haddow also confirmed that the man survived the shooting after being airlifted to a hospital in stable but critical condition.

The deputy is Christopher Trask, a 34-year-old who has been with the department for five years. Trask is now on administrative assignment in accordance with PCSD policies.

No other official updates have come from the investigation since the initial news release. Further information about the moments leading up to the shooting has not yet been released.

The Pierce County Force Investigation Team (PCFIT) release states that “one deputy (Trask) used force” in the incident, and Haddow had said previously in an email that one deputy had fired shots.

“I can confirm there was an officer involved shooting,” Haddow said in an email April 19. “One deputy fired shots. Deputies immediately rendered medical aid. … Other than that, the investigation is ongoing.”

According to the initial Pierce County Force Investigation Team release, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence incident involving a weapon at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 15.

The call originated from the 14900 block of 272nd Avenue East in Buckley, northwest of the city proper and close to the Sumner Buckley Highway.

According to the initial press release, the suspect, a 70-year-old man, was armed with a handgun when deputies made contact with him.

Deputies immediately rendered medical aid after the shooting, according to the department. No deputies were injured during the encounter.

The Courier-Herald will continue to follow this story.


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