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Prosecutor: Police justified in shooting crossbow attacker

March 5, 2019

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A prosecutor says police in northern Washington state acted legally when they shot a man who attacked them with a crossbow.

The Bellingham Herald reported Monday that Whatcom County Prosecutor Eric Richey has determined that county deputies and Bellingham police officers reacted in “good faith” last December when wounding 46-year-old Micah James Godfrey of California.

Richey says police believed they were in “imminent danger” when Godfrey shot an arrow at them and appeared to be preparing for a second shot.

Two officers fired four shots from their handguns and struck Godfrey once in the hip.

Police were responding to 911 calls reporting a man threatening people in a park with a machete.

Godfrey was declared not competent to stand trial and is expected to be held at a psychiatric facility.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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