Oak Harbor, WA – The Island County Coroner’s Office, along with the Skagit Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART), is investigating the death of a 36-year old male in Oak Harbor who was shot by Law Enforcement on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 around 6:53 p.m.
The male had attempted to car-jack a man in a vehicle near the Oak Harbor Safeway Store, before attempting to steal a gun and ammunition from the Oak Harbor Wal-Mart Store while brandishing a knife.
After leaving the Wal-Mart, the male was contacted by Oak Harbor Police Officers and an Island County Sheriff’s Deputy on the North side of Oak Harbor Intermediate School. The male refused to comply with the Officer’s and Deputy’s commands and shots were fired by the Island County Sheriff’s Deputy, striking the male in the torso. Law Enforcement rendered aid on scene, until fire and medic units arrived on scene. The male was transported to Whidbey General Hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later. No one else was injured in any of these incidents.
An Autopsy was performed by Island County Coroner Dr. Robert Bishop, on Monday. The Coroner has identified the victim as 36-year old Richard Joseph Jackson, known as Joseph. The Coroner’s Office listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds tot he torso. Toxicology is pending.
The Coroner’s Office said Joseph had lived in the area for approximately five years and his family described him as being from the East Coast and said he has been homeless.
The Island County Deputy involved is 33-years old and has been with the Island County Sheriff’s Office for two years.
Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Oak Harbor Police Department Tip Line at (360) 279-4633. Reference Case Number 18-ST0003.