VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Deputies fired a total of 34 rounds at a 21-year-old Black man who died after being struck four times following an attempted drug arrest in Washington state, a newspaper reported Wednesday, citing an investigative report.
The death of Kevin Peterson Jr. sparked demonstrations and raised questions about the circumstances that led to the shooting, with much of the focus on whether he fired a handgun at deputies in Hazel Dell, near Vancouver.
Investigators previously said they did not have evidence that Peterson fired a gun, based on interviews with deputies involved in the incident and a lack of casings at the scene.
However, a search warrant affidavit filed earlier in the investigation cited evidence implying Peterson fired two rounds at deputies. Sheriff Chuck Atkins has also said there was an exchange of gunfire.