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Prosecutor: Lakewood police shooting was 'suicide by cop'

Prosecutor: Lakewood police shooting was 'suicide by cop'
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TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lakewood police officers who shot and killed a man who was holding a toy gun will not face any criminal charges, according to Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

After conducting a multi-agency investigation into the June 18 shooting, Lindquist concluded the death was justifiable homicide. In a Thursday news release, Lindquist said the shooting "appears to be another sad example of 'suicide by cop.'"

On the night of the shooting, Lakewood police were tipped off that 28-year-old Patrick Mitchell Omeara was inside a house in the14900 block of Washington Avenue Southwest. Omeara was wanted on a felony arrest warrant.

When officers arrived, they spotted Omeara through a broken window. When they shined their lights into the house, the officers say they saw Omeara put a handgun to his temple. They say he was angry and hostile and refused to drop the gun.

The officers say Omeara then lunged at them and moved the gun in their direction, at which point both officers opened fire. Omeara was hit three times and died at the scene, according to police.

As they were investigating the scene, the officers realized Omeara's gun was a toy.

During two prior arrests, Omeara told Lakewood police that he wanted the officers to kill him, according to Lindquist.
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