The incident unfolded about midnight when officers responded to a call of someone violating a domestic violence no-contact order, a police spokesman said.
Kent police fatally shot a man early Wednesday after they say he dragged an officer while attempting to flee in a stolen car.
The incident unfolded about midnight when officers responded to a call of someone violating a domestic violence no-contact order in the area of the 23600 block of 104th Avenue Southeast, Kent police spokesman Cmdr. Jarod Kasner told news media.
“As officers responded and attempted to contact the suspect, he made an attempt to flee and run from officers,” he said in an interview at the scene via KING 5. “The suspect made it to his car. As officers tried to stop him in his car, he was able to get it started.”
Police used a K-9 police dog to stop the man without success, he said.
Two Kent officers opened fire, striking the man, Kasner said. Officers attempted lifesaving efforts, he said. The man died at the scene.
Kasner said investigators determined the car had been stolen.
KOMO-TV reported the man was 20 years old and from Seattle.
Police say the officer who was dragged suffered minor injuries. A K-9 police dog was also dragged during the incident.
Kasner said the shooting is being investigated by the Valley Investigative Team, a group of detectives from South King County police agencies who examine officer-involved shootings in the area.
The King County Medical Examiner will formally identify the man.
No further details on the incident were immediately available.
Kent police did not respond to The Seattle Times for comment Wednesday morning.
The incident marks the second fatal officer-involved shooting in Kent this summer. On June 24, Kent police shot and killed a 20-year-old Auburn man after investigators said he led police on a car chase and then tried to ram one officer with his vehicle.
Material from The Seattle Times archives and The Associated Press are included in this report.