A deputy on routine patrol was running vehicle licenses in the parking garage when he identified a stolen car. When the deputy approached the driver, the suspect reached for a rifle, prompting the deputy to fire.
A King County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an 18-year-old man who the deputy said armed himself with a rifle when approached in a Kent parking garage Thursday morning.
The deputy, a 28-year department veteran assigned to the Sound Transit Division, was on routine patrol looking for parking violators in the five-story parking garage at Kent Station, according to Sgt. Ryan Abbott, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. He located a suspicious vehicle on the first floor around 8:40 a.m. and was making contact with the car’s two occupants when he was notified over his police radio that the car had been reported stolen, Abbott said.
The deputy attempted to arrest the driver, who armed himself with an AR-15 rifle, he said. The deputy struggled with the 18-year-old both inside and outside the car, and the deputy fired a single shot, striking the man.
The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died a little after 10 a.m.
The 22-year-old passenger fled the scene but was located a short distance away and was arrested by Kent police. A second 18-year-old man, who was somehow associated with the car but was not inside the vehicle when the deputy made contact, was also arrested nearby, according to Abbott. Both men were booked into jail on investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, he said.