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Wash. Sheriff’s Deputy Fatally Shot

August 6, 2000

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) _ A gunman suspected of killing a sheriff’s deputy was barricaded inside his home early Sunday as negotiators tried to talk him into surrendering.

It wasn’t clear whether the man had any hostages.

``There may be a female in the house, but we haven’t confirmed that,″ Clallam County Sheriff Joe Hawe said.

Deputy Wally E. Davis, 48, was shot to death on the porch of the home while responding to a domestic violence call and possible hostage situation at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Borte said. A neighbor had called police.

A few minutes later, deputies responding to a 911 call of shots fired found Davis. He died at a hospital about an hour later.

Police said they had heard other muffled sounds that could have been gunshots but could not immediately confirm whether more shots were fired.

The name of the man, who is in his 50s, was not released. But Borte said he has an extensive criminal history, including an arrest for domestic violence assault, Borte said.

Officers ``have responded to this residence several times in the last couple of years for calls of this nature,″ said Trooper Glenn Tyrell of the Washington State Patrol.

As the standoff stretched through the night, negotiators continued talking to the man by telephone, intermittently cutting power to the house to deprive him of sleep, Borte said.

Davis had been a Clallam County deputy for five years. He moved here from California, where he had worked for almost three decades as a police officer, the sheriff’s department said. Davis was also a published author of Christian mystery, Western novels and cartoon books.

Port Angeles is on the Olympic Peninsula, about 60 miles northwest of Seattle.

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