Coroner identifies man killed after traffic stop

The Island County Coroner's Office has identified the man who died in a shooting incident on Bush Point Road earlier this week as Carl Stephen Henson of Freeland.

The 55-year-old South Whidbey man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday after being pulled over on Bush Point Road by the Washington State Patrol for driving erratically.

Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said Henson died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the autopsy report. A toxicology report is pending.

The incident began when a Fire District 3 crew noticed a 1997 Lincoln coupe heading north on Highway 525 near Bayview and called police to report an erratic driver. Firefighters continued to follow the car until a State Patrol vehicle and a sheriff's patrol car responded.

Police stopped the car on Bush Point Road, and a State Patrol trooper heard a single gunshot as he approached the vehicle after making the stop near Dolphin Drive.

Bishop said Henson, a 30-year resident of the area, apparently had lived alone at his Freeland home. His next of kin in California has been notified, Bishop said.

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