Washington County Sheriff releases names in shooting
The Washington County Sheriff's Office identified Wednesday, June 3, the man shot and killed in an altercation with deputies in West Slope last week as Robert Anthony "Jordan" Whitehead.
Whitehead, 26, allegedly advanced on deputies with a large kitchen knife at the West Slope Apartments on Thursday, May 28. The Sheriff's Office was responding to multiple reports of a domestic disturbance that night.
The Sheriff's Office personnel involved in the shooting were named as Cpl. Micah Akin, who has worked for the Washington County Sheriff's Office since 2005; Cpl. John Auth, with the agency since 2015; Deputy Steve Nichols, with the agency since 2003; and Deputy Jacob Anderson, who has worked for the Washington County Sheriff's Office since 2018 and previously worked for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office from 2015 to 2018.
When deputies tried to arrest Whitehead, a struggle ensued and he brandished a knife, the Sheriff's Office said.
At least one deputy used a Taser in an attempt to incapacitate Whitehead, according to the official account, but it was ineffective. Deputies then opened fire, fatally shooting Whitehead.
The incident was reportedly captured on a deputy's body-worn camera. Investigators from the Washington County Major Crimes Team have reviewed that footage, the Sheriff's Office said.
The Washington County District Attorney's Office is responsible for investigating use-of-force incidents, including shootings. Akin, Auth, Nichols and Anderson have been placed on "modified duty" pending the results of that investigation, which is standard practice, the Sheriff's Office noted Wednesday.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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