The Peninsula Daily News reported in a story on January 19, 2009 that a Clallam County sheriff’s deputy along with another male where shot in a residence between Sekiu and Neah Bay on the Olympia Peninsula. Sheriff Bill Benedict confirmed that deputy Bill Cortani, an 18 year veteran, had been shot while answering to a trespassing call.
Each man had shots to the hip and arm area and were being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their status has not been released. The sheriff’s name involved in the shooting is Bill Cortani, 41 of Forks who was fortunate to have been wearing a bullet proof vest according to Krista Hedstrom, State Patrol Trooper. Hedstrom also said that the man came from the Silverdale region and no name was given to report for in this Washington personal injury.
According to reports, Cortani responded to a call of an unfamiliar person in an empty house along State Highway 112. The deputy had radioed dispatch to say that he had a person in custody. Later he radioed in to report that he had traded several shots with the man. State Patrol investigators will conduct an investigation in cooperation with the sheriff’s department to determine what happened in this Washington on-the-job injury.
Police use of lethal force is an extraordinary and last-resort measure left to our peace officers when confronted with grave bodily harm. If you have been involved in a shooting in the Washington area, do not hesitate to contact the personal injury lawyers of Bernard Law Group. They have extensive knowledge and experience representing clients in Washington courts. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.