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Investigation into Fatal Shooting by Auburn Police Officer Underway

Just before 9:00pm Thursday, December 17, an Auburn Police officer fatally shot a man in the 300 Block of T St SE.

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Two police officers talk at the scene of the December 17 fatal officer-involved shooting | for the Auburn Examiner

According to the Auburn Police Department officers responded to a disabled vehicle call at 8:16pm. A warrant for arrest was confirmed after officers contacted individuals associated with a crashed motorhome.  The man ran from officers when they attempted to arrest him.

“Shortly after [a] foot chase began, the male pointed a handgun toward the pursuing officers. One officer shot the male in response to this threat,” states an Auburn Police press release.

Officers immediately administered first aid to the male. Valley Regional Fire Authority and King County Medic One were dispatched to the scene at 8:53pm.

The male was pronounced dead at the scene.

A neighbor stated she heard up to 5 shots followed by a female screaming, “Why did you do that?”

The press release indicates a handgun was located on the ground next to the male.


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Investigation Underway

In accordance with I-940, the Valley Independent Investigation Team (VIIT) will oversee the investigation into this shooting. Formed in 2012, the VIT is comprised of seven law enforcement agencies: Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, and Port of Seattle Police Department.

Commander Kurt Schwan of the Federal Way Police Department previously explained to the Auburn Examiner that “[VIIT] is utilized for officer-involved shootings investigations, in-custody death investigations, and at the discretion of the Chiefs of Police. The VIT agencies are on a set rotational list for assignment. [If] the involved agency is next on the rotation; they would then be skipped, and a different agency would be assigned as the lead. Once the incident [has ended, the scene] is static, and [VIIT] has been called, the involved agency is not involved in any aspect of the investigation of the incident.”

According to officers on the scene, Tukwila Police Department is the lead agency.

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This is a developing story.

Editor’s Note: At this time only basic information has been released about this incident.  As a news outlet, we will do our part to ensure transparency in this matter is maintained.  We ask for the sake of our community, and all those involved, that speculation is withheld.  In complex matters such as these, when a life has been lost, the game of telephone can be not only divisive but also emotionally detrimental to all parties involved.

4 Comments

  1. Lisa McFadden Lisa McFadden December 18, 2020

    Likely story. A kid running, turns around while running, and shoots at officers. Already makes zero sense. I bet the kid was shot in the back. Horrifying!

    • Seattle Resident Seattle Resident December 20, 2020

      Nope, it does make sense. Why else would a gun be beside the man? Don’t say it was planted – the guy had a warrant already so he definitely loved to cause trouble. Plus a disabled RV in Auburn in December? All red flags.

  2. Jane Doe Jane Doe December 21, 2020

    My neighbor is friends with the deceased’s girlfriend. She was the one screaming. The warrant was for driving without a license in the third degree.

  3. Jane doe Jane doe February 10, 2021

    Yea I agree with you Lisa, doesn’t make sense.. Me and my husband were close friends with him and his girlfriend. He didn’t have a violent bone In his body, he was the most kind hearted person. Yea he had warrants and all for driving on suspensions, and in December during the pandemic they weren’t supposed to be arresting people on non-violent crimes. But of course Auburn is the only ones that do. Yea he didn’t want to go to jail while the coronavirus is going on. Because it’s hell in jail right now. I know my husband sat in jail for a year from oct2019-sept2020 because of his doc officer made up shit said he hit her with his vehicle and he didn’t all because they can and get away with it, but they didn’t win this time. He was looking at 9 yrs because of that well we beat it and took that to trial and we won.. bullshit.. Anyway Nick didn’t deserve this one bit. He didn’t have a gun at all on him, he had a air soft gun but he left it was at our house. All this is sad and of course probably the officer is gonna get away with it..

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