Deputy who fired fatal shots named

The Island County Sheriff’s Office released the name today of the deputy who fired shots that killed a man in Oak Harbor Sunday.

The deputy is Shawn Engert, who’s been with the department for more than two years. He was in the U.S. Army prior to becoming a deputy. He is on administrative leave, which is standard practice after an officer-involved shooting.

Engert shot multiple times and killed 36-year-old Richard Joseph Jackson on the grounds of the Oak Harbor Intermediate School.

Prior to the shooting, Jackson had attempted a carjacking near the Safeway store. He then went into the nearby Walmart store, where he brandished a knife, tried to steal a gun and stole ammunition, according to police.

Two Oak Harbor police officers were also at the scene.

The shots were fired after Jackson failed to comply with commands, according to a press release from the Skagit Multiple Agency Response Team, or SMART. The team of detectives from several Skagit County police agencies are conducting the investigation into the shooting.

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