New information about deputy killing of fare evader

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 4:51 PM

There is new information about Monday’s killing of a Sound Transit rider at the SODO station by a King County Deputy.

Police now say not only was the suspect armed, but another man who was with him had a gun as well.

The man who was killed is Oscar Perez-Giron. Police say he pulled a gun after being confronted by authorities for not paying his Sound Transit fare.

Police say the deputy wrestled with Giron, holding him down with one hand while unholstering his service weapon with the other.
   
As he did that, another man, Mario Parra Cetina, grabbed the deputy's arm with both hands and tried to wrestle it away, but the deputy was able to break loose and subdue both men.
 
It all started when Giron got on the train without paying his fare. Sound Transit officials say deputies are only called if the situation is getting out of hand.

“That could be for any number of reason, whether someone is not identifying themselves or there is a perceived threat the public or fare enforcement officer, we’ll bring in law enforcement, as occurred in this case,” said Geoff Patrick, Sound Transit spokesman.

The man accused of grabbing the deputy's arms has some drug violations. He was arrested.

Sound Transit officials say they call armed King County deputies who are standing by to respond to more serious problems.

"That could be for any number of reasons," said Sound Transit spokesman Geoff Patrick. "Whether someone is not identifying themselves or there is a perceived threat to the public or a fare enforcement officer, we’ll bring in law enforcement, as occurred in this case."
   
Once SPD’s investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the King County Prosectuor’s Office.  They will review the case file and determine if criminal charges are warranted against the deputy, based on state and federal law as to when a police officer is justified in using deadly force. 

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