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Bremerton man killed in Silverdale traffic stop identified

The 23-year-old Bremerton man shot and killed in Silverdale by a Poulsbo police officer Friday night has been identified as Matthew James Netter.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's office released Netter's name after family had been notified.

The officer, part of a multi-jurisdictional patrol looking for drunken drivers, had pulled Netter over at 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Timberland Bank, 2401 NW Bucklin Hill Road, according to a statement from the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

“Although the investigation is in its early stages, a preliminary analysis indicates that the officer contacted the driver during the course of a traffic stop,” said Sheriff Steve Boyer in the statement. “Almost immediately the officer was engaged in a struggle with the driver and shots were fired. A handgun was found at the scene.”

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue personnel were called to the scene to render aid. Instead of flying Netter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle hospital, which would have taken more time, he was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, where he died, the statement said.

The Poulsbo officer was placed on administrative assignment following the shooting, which was witnessed by a Navy petty officer who was riding with the officer at the time. The department will conduct an internal review, and a sheriff's office report will be forwarded to prosecutors for a review as well.

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