Pasco Man Shot by Deputies, Rules Justified

Deputy-involved shooting, Holiday

A Pasco deputy shot a Holiday man early this morning after he and other deputies were making entry into the home to provide medical attention to his girlfriend that he had allegedly beaten up.

Aaron Martin, 41, refused to open the door to the home at 3252 Windfield Drive, after the women’s ex-husband, mother, and son all indicated that she was battered by her boyfriend. When deputies responded to the home at about 10:30 p.m., the suspect fled inside and turned out the lights. The suspect also refused to allow the son to exit the home. Deputies outside the home located the woman in a bedroom and tried to remove her via the bedroom window, but she was unable to respond. Multiple attempts by the deputies to get the suspect to come outside failed. Deputies first tried a pepper spray “fogger” to get the suspect to exit the home. He threw a glass vase at the deputies, which shattered glass at them. The deputies then Tasered the suspect multiple times, which had no effect. He then picked up a wooden night stand, raised it over his head and charged the deputies outside the front door, when one of the deputies shot him multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to live. The woman was also taken to a local hospital for her injuries. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Martin is facing multiple charges of attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and domestic battery. He has multiple prior arrests with the agency, including domestic violence.

This shooting was ruled justified.  In light of the police shootings around the county, do you agree with this decision?

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