Kirkland police say the man had earlier tried to carjack a vehicle and break into other cars.
Kirkland police fatally shot a man Thursday in a business park after they say he had tried to break into cars and carjack another vehicle while armed with a gun.
Police received 911 calls around 9:20 a.m. reporting a man trying to break into cars in the 11800 block of 115th Avenue Northeast in the city’s Totem Lake area, King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said in a news release.
Soon after, officers contacted the man, who was armed with a handgun and ran away from the officers, she said.
A short time later, police received additional 911 reports that the same suspect was attempting to carjack a vehicle, also while carrying a gun, and tried to get into a second vehicle, according to the release.
Most Read Local Stories
- A worrying coronavirus mutation is discovered in Washington state — but hasn't spread
- Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp drops election fraud lawsuit after Washington state threatens legal sanctions
- Coronavirus daily news updates, January 16: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world
- Washington state will move to the next phase of coronavirus vaccination in the ‘coming days.’ Here's what that means.
- When will we reach herd immunity? What about vaccines for 65- to 69-year-olds? Q&A with Washington state's health secretary
Officers caught up to the man in the 11500 block of Northeast 120th Street and there was a physical confrontation between the officers and the armed suspect, according to the sheriff’s office. One of the officers fired a single shot. The man died at the scene.
The man’s name was not released.
No one else was injured.
Sgt. Rob Saloum, a spokesman for Kirkland police, said the officer who fired his duty weapon has been with the department for 15 years. That officer, along with two or three others present at the time of the shooting, will be placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, he said.
Also according to standard protocol, the Kirkland Police Department requested an outside team to investigate the fatal, officer-involved shooting, according to the release.
The King County Investigative Response Team — made up of officers from the sheriff’s office, State Patrol and several Eastside police agencies — has taken over responsibility for the investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Kirkland police at 425-587-3400.