The Kitsap County officer involved in a fatal shooting Aug. 4 also was involved in a fatal shooting in Bainbridge Island in 2017.
Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Hren has been identified by the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team as the officer who shot and killed David Pruitte.
Pruitte was shot following calls by witnesses to 9-1-1 that said the 36-year-old man was sitting on the overpass at Bethel Burley Road over Highway 16 near Port Orchard with his legs dangling over the edge.
Another deputy, who is cooperating with the investigation, was there and did not fire a shot. Deputies did render aid before medics arrived and transported Pruitte to a Tacoma hospital, where he died.
The reasons why Pruitte was shot haven’t been revealed by the investigating KCIRT.
A review of past KCSO incidents reported by the Kitsap Daily News reveals that Hren was one of eight officers involved in the fatal shooting of Robert D. Yeiser after a four-hour standoff July 8, 2017 at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island.
Yeiser, 34, of Seattle was shot as he stood on the deck of his sailboat, the Flying Gull, after he reportedly fired nearly 200 rounds at random at the shoreline and at homes before he was confronted by a SWAT team in two police boats .
In its statement concerning the Pruitte shooting, Sheriff Gary Simpson said his office is cooperating with KCIRT.
“We appreciate the careful outside investigation of the incident and have followed every procedure as prescribed by the rules that implement I-940 investigations of police use of force,” Simpson said in the statement. “We take seriously our commitment to transparency in this matter.”
KCSO said it has no direct involvement in the investigation by the multi-agency response team. The investigation report will be completed and forwarded to the Kitsap County prosecutor for review and determination if any further action or charges are warranted, sheriff’s spokesman deputy Scott Wilson said. The completion date of the report has not been determined.
KCIRT’s independent investigation will provide additional information when it becomes available. The sheriff’s office said it will conduct an internal administrative investigation to determine if rules of conduct, policies or procedures were violated.
“It is standard procedure to initiate an internal investigation after the outside independent investigation has been completed,” KCSO’s statement reads.
Hren is a lateral transfer officer who joined KCSO in 2016 after serving three years in law enforcement, an Aug. 12 sheriff’s office statement says.
Hren has been placed on administrative leave, as per sheriff’s office policy.
Anyone with information on the caseis asked to to call Bremerton detectives at 360-473-5228.