Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***

Date: January 3, 2014
Contact: Trooper Russ Winger
Phone: (360) 473-0113
Cell: (360) 265-1332
Twitter: @wspd8pio

WSP Releases Additional Information on Kitsap County Officer Involved Shooting

Port Orchard -- Washington State Patrol (WSP) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) detectives are releasing the following information regarding the shooting investigation involving Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies on December 31, 2013.

Detectives say Kitsap County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a residence on Bethel Burley Rd. SE shortly after 1:00PM, in response to a possible protection order violation. Deputies had additional information that the suspect, James C. Mathes, 44, 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. Suspect Mathes shot at the deputies with the revolver and both deputies returned fire, striking him multiple times in the upper torso. Neither deputy was injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Deputies immediately secured the suspect and rendered aid while awaiting EMS arrival. Suspect Mathes was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center for the gunshot injuries.

The use of lethal force investigation is continuing by WSP detectives as well as WSP Crime Lab personnel.