UPDATE: Sheriff’s Officer Shoots, Kills Man In Burien Sunday Night
UPDATE MONDAY 4/18/11: We just received the following update from the King County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday night’s incident where a man was shot and killed by a deputy in Burien:
A man wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for felony eluding a week ago, and wanted for questioning in a similar eluding case yesterday afternoon, was shot and killed last night about 8:20 PM. The man, 25-years old, died at the scene.
The first chase was on April 10th about 5:20 PM. A deputy tried to stop a dark Honda after he saw the car go through a red light at a high rate of speed. He tried to pull the car over at S. 120th and Des Moines Memorial Drive, but the driver refused to stop.
The chase continued for several blocks until terminated due to speeds in excess of 70 mph. Later the deputy identified the driver of the 1990 Honda Accord from a photo montage prepared by detectives. The driver is the registered owner of the vehicle, with an address in Covington.
Yesterday (Sunday, April 17th) a different deputy saw the same Honda Accord in the area of SW 108th and 1st Ave SW. The driver was spinning his tires doing a “burn out” with smoke coming from the tires. The driver saw the deputy, but continued the burn out in reverse.
A chase ensued over several blocks. At South 128th and 24th Ave South other deputies set out spike strips but the suspect driver saw the spikes and turned off at the last moment. The chase was terminated shortly thereafter. At one point the deputy estimated the Honda reached a speed of 100 mph.
The deputy was unable to identify the driver, but based on the license plate, it was the same Honda Accord involved in the April 10th chase.
At 8:05 PM, the deputy from the case earlier in the day spotted the Honda in the parking lot of the Arbor Court Apartments, 2225 S. 112th St., which is in the city of Burien. The car was unoccupied.
The deputy called for plain clothes detectives to assist. Several responded in unmarked cars to stake out the suspect vehicle. If the driver returned, the plan was to box the vehicle in and not let it leave the apartment parking lot.
At about 8:20 PM a male got into the car and a female into the passenger seat. Just before the exit from the complex onto S. 112th, police cars including at least one fully marked unit tried to keep the suspect from leaving the lot. However the suspect driver struck three cars trying to get out and around the police cars, and shots were eventually fired by one deputy. Deputies gave CPR until a medic unit arrived. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics at 8:56 PM.
The woman passenger was not injured. However shortly afterwards she became unresponsive and was taken to Highline Hospital for treatment. Methamphetamine was found on her person during treatment. She was released from the hospital about 5:00 AM and booked into King County jail for possession of drugs and several arrest warrants.
The name of the suspect will be released by the Medical Examiner’s office. He has two felony convictions on his record including theft and possession of stolen property.
The passenger was also a twice-convicted felon (drugs and theft) and had a felony arrest warrant for Escape from Community Custody, as well as three misdemeanor warrants.
The deputy who fired the shots was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. He is 42 years old and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for just over 14 years. He is assigned to a neighborhood crime unit.
According to various sources, a King County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man in the Boulevard Park area Sunday night.
Full details and cause of the shooting aren’t clear yet, but here’s what we do know:
- The shooting reportedly happened sometime between 8:30pm and 9pm Sunday night, April 17th.
- The location of the shooting was apparently near South 112th Street and Des Moines Way South in the Riverton-Boulevard Park area, according to sources in the Sheriff’s Office.
- Apparently officers were waiting for the suspect, a man in his 20s, to return to his vehicle so they could arrest him. We don’t know the reason for his arrest.
- The deputy who shot the man was in plainclothes and has 12 years experience as a police officer, police said.
- No officers were injured in the shooting, police said.
We first learned of the shooting via KING5’s Kyle Moore’s Tweets.
As we learn more, we’ll post updates.
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