The armed man was “disruptive” and didn’t comply with requests to put down the machete as about six officers tried to get him to cooperate, police said.
A man armed with a machete was fatally shot early Thursday during a confrontation with police in Des Moines, a police spokesman said.
Des Moines Master Sgt. Doug Jenkins said police responded to a 911 call at a house in the 1700 block of South 234th Street about 12:30 a.m.
Police, who were told the man had a knife, requested assistance from officers in Kent and Tukwila because of the nature of the call, Jenkins said.
Officers discovered the man was armed with a machete when they arrived at the scene, Jenkins said.
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The man, who has yet to be identified, went in and out of the house, which was also occupied by another male, Jenkins said.
The man with the machete was “disruptive” and didn’t comply with requests to put down the weapon as about six officers tried to get him to cooperate, Jenkins said.
At some point, a Kent police officer shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Jenkins said.
No details were available on what prompted the officer to fire, nor how many times the officer fired, Jenkins said.
Jenkins said he wasn’t sure if the man lived in the house.
Jenkins said no other officers fired their weapons and none of the officers was injured. The other male in the house also wasn’t hurt, he said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Valley Investigative Team, detectives from South King County police agencies who examine officer-involved shootings in the area.
The Kent officer, who wasn’t identified, has been placed on administrative leave per standard policy and procedure, Kent police Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said in an email Thursday.
“We are not releasing any other details at this time as it is early in the investigation,” Kasner wrote.