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