By The Chronicle
The Lewis County Sheriff’s will lead a regional team of law enforcement agencies in the investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting Tuesday night at Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester.
According to a release from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thurston County Deputies were dispatched to a request for a welfare check in the area of U.S. Highway 12 and Anderson Road Southwest near Rochester after receiving a report from a family member that a 55-year-old Lakewood man left his residence acting erratically and armed with a pistol.
A Thurston County deputy found the man’s vehicle in a parking lot at the Lucky Eagle Casino.
The man reportedly exited his vehicle with a pistol and approached the deputy. He allegedly refused the deputy’s orders to drop the weapon.
The deputy fired his service weapon and struck the man several times, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Aid crews were dispatched and the man was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where he was later pronounced dead.
The deputy was not injured.
“The Casino and Tribe are focused on the safety of the guests, casino employees and the community,” according to a statement on the Lucky Eagle Casino’s Facebook page. “Tribal Police, casino security and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department are working together in the investigation and we will have further comment when we are able to share more information.”
The incident is being investigated by the Region Three Critical Incident Investigation Team, composed of law enforcement officers from Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has been designated as the lead agency for the investigation.