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Suspect, deputies identified in SK shooting

The Washington State Patrol and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office released more information — including the the name of the suspect and deputies — involved in the Dec. 31 shooting in South Kitsap.

Deputies responded to a residence on Bethel Burley Road SE after 1 p.m. after they were contacted about a possible protection order violation on the suspect — James C. Mathes.

In a Jan. 3 press release, WSP detectives stated KCSO deputies had information that the 44-year-old suspect had a history of violence toward the protected female victim and was possibly armed with a gun.

Once on scene, deputies approached the residence and were confronted by the suspect who had come out of the residence and was armed with a revolver style handgun. Two of the deputies verbally challenged Mathes to drop the handgun. Mathes shot at the deputies with the revolver and both deputies returned fire, striking him multiple times in the upper torso, according to the press release.

Mathes was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for the gunshot injuries.

KSCO released the names of the deputies. They were Deputy Ben Herrin, a 13-year veteran, and Deputy Kurtis Lont, a 16-year veteran. Neither deputy was injured in the shooting.

Both deputies remain on temporary administrative assignment, pending completion of the state patrol investigation and subsequent administrative review by KCSO, according Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman.

WSP detectives, along with WSP Crime Lab personnel, will continue to investigate the use of lethal force.

 

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