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Family of man who shot himself in front of deputies in Spokane Valley releases statement

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A photo of Thomas Allenton provided by his family A photo of Thomas Allenton provided by his family
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The family of the man who shot himself after a brief standoff with deputies Tuesday night Spokane Valley has released a statement to KHQ. 

The family has identified the man as 23-year-old Thomas Allenton and provided the following statement: 

"At this time the family appreciates support and condolences but are asking for privacy while they grieve the loss of their loved one," the statement read. The family didn't offer any further insight as to why Allenton may have taken his own life, but they did provide the photo of him attached to this article. 

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According to Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Allenton was pulled over for a traffic stop Tuesday night in Spokane Valley. Knezovich says Allenton had a gun and a concealed weapons permit. Deputies found that Allenton was driving with a suspended license. His car was towed and he was given a citation and released from the scene. Deputies say he was legally carrying his gun and they had no reason to seize it. 

Nearly two hours later, deputies heard reports of gunshots in the area. They responded and eventually found Allenton. Deputies say they ordered him to stop, but he kept walking. Eventually, he did stop in a parking lot near Appleway and Farr and put the gun to his head. Deputies say Allenton began walking in the direction of an apartment complex with the gun in hand and at that point, deputies fired two beanbag rounds at him. Allenton was hit and went to the ground. Deputies say after being hit, Allenton placed the gun to his head and fired. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The incident is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol. 

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