The man fatally shot early Wednesday by a King County sheriff’s deputy was a 39-year-old Burien contractor.

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A 39-year-old Burien man fatally shot by a King County sheriff’s deputy early Wednesday was a contractor specializing in residential remodels.

Cayce A. DiTullio died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

He was the owner and operator of Pristine Environments Remodeling Specialist, which he started in 2004, according to the company’s website as well as business-license information on the state Department of Licensing website.

King County property records show DiTullio and his wife purchased their four-bedroom home on 21st Avenue Southwest in Burien in 2000.

A woman who answered the phone at the DiTullio residence declined to speak with a reporter Wednesday.

About 12:18 a.m., neighbors called 911 to report gunshots in the 14400 block of 21st Avenue Southwest and said a truck was driven from the scene. A deputy saw a truck nearby that matched the description and activated his lights, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Houck.

“It took off on them,” Houck said of the truck, leading deputies on a 5-mile chase through residential areas, on Highway 509 and eventually back to the same area where the pursuit began.

The driver of the pickup tried to pull into a driveway but got stuck, Houck said.

“Our deputies got out of their vehicles, ordering the driver to get out of the car and show his hands,” Houck said. “The driver then opened the door to his truck, when one of the deputies could see from his vantage point, the man was holding an AR-15-style rifle and pointing it at him.”

One deputy fired his weapon, and at least one bullet struck the man.

“Once our deputies felt it was safe to approach the vehicle, they went up on it and removed the driver from the truck,” Houck said. “The assault rifle was on his lap.”

Deputies tried to provide aid to the man and called the Fire Department, but he died at the scene, Houck said.

He was identified as DiTullio on Wednesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office said it is unclear whether he fired at the deputy.

The deputy who killed the man has been with the Sheriff’s Office for about two years, Houck said. As is customary in an officer-involved shooting, he will be on paid administrative leave as the office investigates the shooting.

Deputies are trying to determine what led to the initial reports of gunshots. Houck said there are “possible indications there was a domestic-violence issue at the house he was going to.”

Houck said he did not think deputies had been called to the house before.