LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Investigators have released new details about a man who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Lakewood on May 1.
An officer fired shots when 26-year-old Said Joquin lowered his arms after he and a passenger were told to keep their hands up. A team of investigators say Joquin’s actions caused an officer to believe he was reaching for a gun.
Investigators say Officer Mike Wiley had seen a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard of Joquin’s car, which he reportedly pointed out to another officer at the scene and then requested backup.
While waiting on backup, investigators say that after a few minutes, Joquin lowered his arms, which was when Wiley opened fire, striking the man multiple times.
The other officer did not open fire.
Following the shooting, several officers reportedly performed lifesaving measures on Joquin, but he later died at a Tacoma hospital.
Wiley was singled out for egregious conduct during a deadly SWAT standoff seven years ago.
The city paid $12.5 million dollars to settle that case.
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