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King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a Shoreline man by two Shoreline police officers last Aug. 10. 

Police who responded to David Albrecht’s home in the 700 block of North 200th Street say they found a bloodied woman who told them her boyfriend was inside and was suicidal. Police say Albrecht, 22, had emerged from the home armed with a shotgun and a knife, and did not respond to commands to drop the gun when he was shot.

Albrecht’s family later protested his killing, which happened on his 22md birthday.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterbergrecommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the King County Sheriff’s Office, which conducted the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office provides police service to Shoreline under contract, although officers wear Shoreline uniforms and drive patrol cars marked “Shoreline police.”

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.

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.