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Investigators release photo of ‘staff’ used by man shot by Kelso officer

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Investigators say the “staff” used by a man killed by a Kelso police officer during an incident at a store Wednesday was 4 feet long and weighed over 2 pounds. (Cowlitz Co. Sheriff’s Office) Investigators say the “staff” used by a man killed by a Kelso police officer during an incident at a store Wednesday was 4 feet long and weighed over 2 pounds. (Cowlitz Co. Sheriff’s Office)
Courtesy: Marcus Chavez Courtesy: Marcus Chavez
KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

Investigators reviewing the evidence from an officer involved shooting in Kelso that left one man dead have released a photo of the stick an officer said the suspect was using to assault people in a store.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning at the Flying K convenience store, where Kelso Police Department Officer John Johnston shot a 27-year-old black man after the man was allegedly hitting a store clerk and customer with the wooden stick before attacking the officer.

According to a release from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, investigators are also reviewing the in-store surveillance video of the event and will be conducting more interviews of witnesses Thursday.

The stick, which investigators have referred to as a "staff," was broken in the incident and measured 4 feet in length and 1.5 inches in diameter, weighing over 2 pounds.

The sheriff’s office noted that investigators are still working to identify the man who was killed and contact his next of kin.

Investigators said they hope to release video from the incident soon, along with police audio.

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