A Federal Way police officer shot and killed a man Friday afternoon outside a Starbucks.
A man was shot and killed Friday afternoon by a Federal Way police officer who tried to stop what she believed was a drug deal on her way to a coffee shop.
The officer, a nine-year veteran of the department, was heading to Starbucks along Southwest Dash Point Road around 1 p.m. for a break when she “noticed what she believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction” inside a car outside the coffee shop, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.
“She approached the vehicle … she made verbal commands for them to stop what they were doing, to show their hands and to get out of the car,” Schrock said.
In response, one of the men in the car started reaching for something underneath the seat, Schrock said. The officer continued yelling for the men to stop what they were doing and to get out of the car. When the man continued reaching underneath the seat, the officer fired.
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After being fired upon, the car took off, Schrock said. The car was found abandoned at a nearby apartment complex; the driver was gone and the passenger was found dead inside the vehicle.
Police searched the area for the driver and did not find him Friday afternoon. Police did not release the identity of the slain man.
Auburn police will handle the investigation, Schrock said.
The officer’s name was not released.
Federal Way schools spokeswoman Diane Turner said four schools were locked down after the shooting during the search for the driver. Turner said Adelaide Elementary, Decatur High School, Lakota Middle School and Twin Lakes Elementary were locked down. All of the lockdowns were lifted by 2:30 p.m.
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