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Ellingson Investigation Weekly Update (March 20, 2021)

The below is the Weekly Press Release for the investigation of the fatal shooting of Nicholas Ellingson by an Auburn Police Officer on December 17, 2020. This release is required by WAC 139-12 even if there is no new information to provide. We will publish each release, even if there are no new updates. This release has not been edited from its original form. (pdf)

This is the March 20, 2021 Ellingson investigation update:


valley independent investigation team, viit, viit logo, press release viit, investigation update, vit, valley investigation teamINCIDENT: Officer Involved Shooting at 310 T St SE in Auburn on 17 December 2020

The Valley Independent Investigative team (VIIT) is serving as the independent investigative team for this incident. VIIT is a multi-agency team made up of investigators from seven south King County Police Departments (Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Port of Seattle, and Tukwila). With Auburn PD as the involved agency, their staff have been excluded from this VIIT investigation.

Last week we received and reviewed the final autopsy report from the King County Medical Examiners Office. Those finding have been included in the final VIIT investigation which will be forwarded to the King County Prosecutors Office for review. The final agency presentation has also been prepared and will be presented to the Auburn Police Dept next week.

Public notifications will be released weekly until the conclusion of the investigation. Media Inquiries regarding the Independent Investigation may be forwarded to Commander Todd Rossi of the Tukwila Police Department at (206) 391-8236.

As per Chapter 139-12 WAC, please note that information regarding any officer involved shooting cannot be released by an independent investigation team without first notifying the non-law enforcement community representative assigned to the investigation and the family liaison of the involved subject. VIIT will endeavor to incorporate questions received from the media into subsequent press releases.

{A list of the VIIT investigators and agencies for this incident is available upon request.}
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Valley Independent Investigative Team
Auburn – Des Moines – Federal Way – Kent – Port of Seattle – Renton – Tukwila


The Auburn Examiner has not yet independently verified this information.

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