SEATTLE — Prosecutors say they won’t file criminal charges against a man who shot and killed a hatchet-wielding attacker in a convenience store south of Seattle last spring.

Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, tells seattlepi.com (http://goo.gl/iRGvrk ) that prosecutors did not expect to bring charges, but officials still had to go over the evidence and clear the case.

Court records say the shooting occurred the morning of March 13, when Steven Blacktongue entered a 7-Eleven in Burien wearing a mask and carrying a hatchet. As he began chasing a clerk, a customer who was there drinking coffee pulled out a revolver and shot him.

The attacker continued swinging the hatchet, cutting the clerk, and the customer fired twice more, killing the attacker.

The shooter’s name was redacted in documents released to the public.


Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/

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