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Prosecutors decline charges against deputies in shooting

July 15, 2019

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to charge three deputies in the shooting of a Washington state man who authorities say refused commands and started to reverse his SUV at them.

The Daily Herald reported Monday that King County prosecutors reviewed the investigation by the Snohomish Multi-Agency Response Team in the shooting of 42-year-old Daniel Garnica-Melgoza.

Investigators say Snohomish County deputies fired 48 shots, hitting the vehicle and wounding Garnica-Melgoza in October 2018.

The deputies told investigators they were in fear of their lives.

Authorities say Garnica-Melgoza led officers a chase from Lynnwood to Woodinville after he backed into a car and attacked the driver.

Garnica-Melgoza has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and attempting to elude police. His trial is scheduled for October.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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