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Published on April 3rd, 2015 | by The Kitsap Scene

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Prosecutor clears Port Orchard officers involved in fatal shooting last summer

The Kitsap County prosecutor cleared two Port Orchard police officers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man last June.

Officers Matthew Bell and Nathan Lynch were both cleared in the shooting death of Thomas Daniel Rogers on June 19, 2014. Kitsap County Prosecutor Tina Robinson reviewed all the relevant evidence in the case, including witness statements, crime scene evidence, autopsy reports and video surveillance, and found the use of deadly force by both officers was justified, according to a press release from the county.

Last June, the officers attempted to contact Rogers at Rendezvous Tavern in Port Orchard where he was scheduled to DJ that evening, according to the release.

The two officers, along with a third officer, reportedly planned to arrest Rogers on outstanding warrants, including a felony warrant out of Oklahoma for five counts of sex offenses against a child.

When they arrived, the third officer


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