An inquest has been ordered into the fatal shooting of Maksim Mayba, 21, of Kent, by a Federal Way police officer on Jan. 13.
Police say Officer Stacy Eckert was investigating an alleged drug transaction in a car parked outside a Starbucks on Southwest Dash Point Road in Federal Way when Mayba did not show his hands as ordered. Police say Eckert fired twice, killing Mayba, who was seated in the car.
King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered the inquest after it was recommended by Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, whose office reviewed materials from the Auburn Police Department, which investigated the shooting.
Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. They are routinely called to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.
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Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.