Man killed by Lakewood police had 'realistic-looking' cap gun

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 6:12 AM

LAKEWOOD, Wash.  -- Police in Lakewood, Wash., say the gun that officers saw before they fatally shot a man at a residence last week turned out to be a "very realistic-looking metal cap gun.”

Lt. Chris Lawler said Monday in a statement that both officers who fired at 28-year-old Patrick O'Meara are on paid administrative leave while the June 18 shooting is investigated. The officers were not identified.

Lawler says officers had a felony theft arrest warrant for O'Meara and learned he was in a residence in the Tillicum area. The spokesman says officers approached, knocked and announced themselves. Other officers at the side of the residence saw O'Meara inside, armed with what looked like a gun. Lawler says officers fired when O'Meara ignored repeated orders to drop the weapon.

Despite CPR, O'Meara died at the scene.

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