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Port Orchard police offficers involved in deadly shooting
Port Orchard police and Kitsap County Sheriff’s investigators will meet next week to review the findings of an investigation of the June 19 deadly shooting of a convicted felon by two police officers.
The shooting occurred in the South Park Village shopping center off Mile Hill Drive.
“That’s standard operating procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting,” said Port Orchard Police Department Cmdr. Dale Schuster.
Schuster said the two officers involved in the shooting were Matthew Bell, 37, and Nathan Lynch, 31. Schuster said Bell was hired in May 2013 and Lynch in January 2013. Bell had nine years of prior law enforcement experience before joining the POPD and Lynch was in the military. Both were reserve officers before being hired full-time. No other information about the shooting was released.
The officers were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, according to department policy, said Schuster.
Officers shot and killed 36-year-old Thomas Daniel Rogers, who was wanted on several outstanding felony warrants. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue emergency personnel reported Rogers died at the scene and Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom later confirmed Roger’s identity.
According to a news release by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, three Port Orchard police officers went to the 1700 block of Village Lane SE at about 8:15 p.m. to arrest the suspect on outstanding felony warrants.
During the encounter with the suspect, officers used a Taser that reportedly had no effect, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect was armed with a knife and one of the officers suffered cuts that required medical attention; the other officer suffered an ankle injury. Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives and Washington State Patrol troopers are investigating the shooting, according to Schuster.
Investigators believe the two officers fired their weapons.
No other information on the case will be released until the investigation is completed and has been reviewed by the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.
Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said his department will conduct a separate investigation into the shooting.
Television crews from Seattle, along with people living in the area, converged on the shopping center after the shooting. The scene was taped off at Kitsap Bank to the south end of the shopping center’s back alley and a nearby parking lot for several businesses.
Criminal history in Oklahoma
Rogers, who also worked as a disc jockey under the name DJ Bad Man, was wanted by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma on child molestation charges, according to court document from Tulsa County. The suspect was charged with five counts of child molestation in May 29 for incidents that happened between January 2010 and April 2012 involving a male child and a female child.
In the Tulsa County court filing, Rogers was accused of crimes against a boy age 10-13 and a girl age 10-12. Prosecutors say each of the alleged crimes occurred while the children were under Rogers’ care.
According to court records, allegations included masturbating in the girl’s presence, sodomy, and making the two children have intercourse with each other.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections records showed Rogers had Tulsa County convictions of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 1996 and two counts of injury to a minor child in 2007, according to the Tulsa World.
In Custer County in 1999, he was convicted of false impersonation and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Tulsa County court filings indicated Rogers had an address in Tulsa.
Rogers was also wanted for failure to appear for a fourth-degree assault charge in Port Orchard Municipal Court and probation violation for fourth-degree assault in Kitsap County Superior Court, with $10,000 bail each.
Detective Gerry Swayze asks that anyone with information related to this case to contact him at 360-337-4479.