Former Bainbridge police officer under investigation for South Kitsap shooting

A former Bainbridge Island police officer who now works as a deputy in the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has been identified as the officer involved in a shooting earlier this week in South Kitsap.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office identified the officer being investigated in the shooting as Deputy Wilson Sapp, who has been a commissioned officer for 16 years.

Officials said Sapp spent most of his career as an officer on Bainbridge. Authorities said he has been with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office for seven years, and was with the Bainbridge Island Police Department for nine years.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the shooting, which happened after Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies responded to a report of an allegedly suicidal woman who was armed with a handgun during the early evening of Monday, June 9, in South Kitsap.

Police were called to a home in the 13800 block of Sidney Road SW just after 6 p.m. Monday after the woman's husband said she threatened to hurt herself.

The husband allegedly told police that they had argued and she became very angry; he left the house while she stayed inside.

Officials said deputies tried to speak with the woman at the house, but she initially refused to answer the front door.

When contact was made at a sliding glass door on the east side of the home, the sheriff's department said, the woman came to the door armed with a semi-automatic handgun with the gun’s hammer cocked.

Authorities said they called for a sheriff’s crisis negotiator, but while the negotiator was on the way to the scene, the woman left the home through the sliding glass door and yelled at officers to leave her alone. She also allegedly said she wanted to kill herself.

At approximately 6:28 p.m. deputies radioed that one gunshot had been fired by the woman, but she appeared unharmed.

The woman yelled that she had fired the gun as a warning.

Officials said sheriff’s personnel continued to try to talk to the woman before deputies reported eight minutes later that gunshots had been fired and the woman was injured.

The woman, 46, was treated at the scene by emergency crews and then transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Sapp remains on temporary administrative assignment pending completion of the State Patrol investigation and subsequent administrative review by the sheriff’s office.

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