Inquest ordered into death of Burien man in August shootout with police


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Tyrone Bandy

The King County Executive’s Office announced Tuesday (Oct. 7) that they will be conducting an inquest into the fatal shooting of Tyrone Bandy, 45, at his Burien home on Aug. 10.

As we previously reported, deputies responded to Bandy’s house in the 1200 block of SW 160th Street around 7 p.m. that night after his live-in girlfriend called 911 to report that he had assaulted her.

Police believed they had probable cause to arrest him, but Bandy refused and barricaded himself inside his home.

Hostage negotiators were called in, as was a SWAT team. Bandy, who police say was intoxicated at the time, told police he would shoot them if they tried to enter his house. Later in the evening, Bandy began firing from the front of the house toward the street. Police returned fire in the second round of gunshots, fatally wounding Bandy, who died after being taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The King County Prosecutor’s office recommended the inquest after reviewing materials from the King County Sheriff’s office, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing Executive Order, inquests are convened to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.

Inquests provide transparency into law enforcement actions so the public may have all the facts established in a court of law. The ordering of an inquest should carry no other implication. Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.

The order signed by the Executive requests King County District Court Presiding Judge Corinna Harn to assign a judge to set a date and conduct the inquest.

The ordering of inquests is a function vested in the county executive under the King County Code.

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2 Responses to “Inquest ordered into death of Burien man in August shootout with police”
  1. Shannon powers says:

    Its not a very good idea with you putting her name on here for public infor Sheila…And nothing will come of this investigation..Its mandatory if anyone is questioning the whys as to why something transpired the way it did…I do wish people would let this rest..I love his daughter and she still needs to grow up in that town…Everyone needs to think of her now

  2. Questionoutcomes says:

    It is never a poor decision to review the circumstances of a death after the fact. I questioned then (with many very defensive responses) why trained individuals felt it necessary to “take out” an inebriated man in his own home. Tear gas? Waiting it out til he passed out? Sure, he had a gun. So if the police felt so many people were in “danger”, they couldn’t figure out a way to “go in the back door” and confiscate the gun? Or perhaps evacuate the surrounding households until all was well? No, they apparently couldn’t figure out another way to deal with a drunk with a gun except to kill him. Preposterous! There should be a lot of questioning going on about this case.

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