Officer Michael Brown was “entirely justified” in shooting a kidnapping suspect in downtown Oak Harbor July 11, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks found.
Banks reviewed reports from the Skagit County Multi-Area Response Team, or SMART, which is made up of detectives from different Skagit agencies. The team conducted an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting and the prosecutor evaluated the reports for the possibility of criminal charges.
“Officer Brown acted not only within the bounds of the law,” Banks wrote, “but I find that his actions were subjectively and objectively reasonable and necessary to protect life and property, considering all information known to him.”
Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker conducted a parallel administrative investigation into the entire incident and found that the department’s policies and procedures were followed. He said officers were forced to make split-second decisions in a hectic scene.
“I think they acted with bravery and professionalism,” he said.
Brown shot the suspect, Nathan Trujillo, in the arm with a rifle. Trujillo survived and is now serving time in prison on a kidnapping charge.