LITTLEROCK, Wash. - A Thurston County deputy shot and killed a man suspected of trying to break into a store in Littlerock who then threatened police with a pool cue, investigators said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Littlerock Grocery Store at 2:20 a.m. Friday where surveillance video showed two people throwing rocks at the store’s windows and then leaving in a white truck.
One man, 25-year-old Keith Miles, was apparently angry that his debit card wouldn't work at the store's gas pumps, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.
Police tracked a man believed to be involved in the incident to a home in 12000 block of Waddell Creek Road Southwest, where Miles lived with his parents.
Officials said when officers arrived at the house, the Miles' mother confronted deputies in the driveway and then Miles came out armed with a pool cue.
Police said a stun gun was used to try to subdue Miles, but it did not stop him.
"During that altercation, a deputy stumbled. The suspect was getting ready to hit the deputy in the head, and another deputy fired a single shot,” said Greg Elwin with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Miles was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where he was pronounced dead at about 4 a.m.
Police believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the shooting.
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said the use of deadly force in the altercation appeared to be justified. Miles' family said they thought the shooting was unnecessary, as there were five deputies and a police dog at the scene.
Miles' girlfriend told KIRO 7 reporter Richard Thompson that Miles had been taking a variety of medications and he was hallucinating when she spoke with him hours before the shooting.