Deputy cleared in fatal shooting of inmate at hospital

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Prosecutors Office has cleared a corrections deputy who shot and killed an inmate at a Vancouver, Washington hospital.

The Columbian reports the prosecutor’s office found that Deputy Pam Frisby acted lawfully and fired in self-defense in the May 2017 incident in which John Jefferson Martin died.

Frisby and Deputy Elissa Black were guarding Martin at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center after he was brought there for treatment for an apparent stroke.

The prosecutor’s office says after a doctor arrived to inform Martin that an MRI didn’t indicate a stroke, he shoved a nurse away and began punching Black.

During a struggle the prosecutor’s office says Martin wasn’t affected by Black’s use of stun gun and that Frisby shot Martin after he again attacked Black.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson wrote evidence supported Frisby’s description of what happened.