King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday (June 16) ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Cayce A. DiTullio by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies on May 4 in Burien (read our previous coverage here). The King County Prosecutor’s Office recommended the inquest after reviewing materials provided by the Sheriff’s Office. According to the Sheriff’s Office, DiTullio, 39, was shot by deputies after a car chase that ended near his home in the Seahurst neighborhood of Burien. The deputies say DiTullio had an assault rifle. 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 performing his or her duty. 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 that King County District Court Presiding Judge Donna Tucker 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. Read the Executive Order on conducting inquests in King County.]]>

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