Homicide suspect shot by Pierce County deputies died of self-inflicted gunshot


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TACOMA, Washington — The Pierce County medical examiner's office says a homicide suspect shot by two Pierce County deputies actually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Although 21-year-old James Wall was struck by at least two bullets fired by the deputies, the office said Thursday the fatal shot to the head came from the semi-automatic pistol he carried.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tells The News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1z1D7L2 ) the deputies fired early Wednesday when they saw Wall pull his gun in an apartment building hallway.

It's believed to be the same weapon that was used to kill 23-year-old Marlon Williams about an hour earlier at a nearby apartment building. Troyer says detectives believe he was shot in a dispute over a drug deal.

Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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