Kent police officers shot and killed an armed 60-year-old man Wednesday night, while they were responding to a domestic-violence call, a department spokesperson said.

Officers went to the 13000 block of Southeast 204th Place around 8:10 p.m. to investigate a domestic-violence assault, according to a statement from the Valley Independent Investigative Team (VIIT), which is investigating the shooting. When they arrived at the house, they “took positions” outside and helped the other people who were inside get out safely, the statement said.

While officers requested a SWAT team respond, they began a brief standoff with the man, who was still inside the house. As officers were waiting, the man came out of the house with a rifle and fired multiple shots at police, the statement said.

Officers returned fire, hitting the man, before losing sight of him, said Kent police Cmdr. Robert Hollis on Wednesday.

“We don’t know if he was running away or if he fell down behind something,” he said.

After the SWAT team arrived, officers found the man’s body on the property, the statement said. He had died at the scene, Hollis said.


The man’s family members were out of the house when the shooting occurred, police said. No one else was injured.

No further information about the man was immediately available.

As of Friday evening, the man’s name had not been released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police in King County have fatally shot seven people — six men and one woman — so far this year, according to a Seattle Times database compiled with information from police, prosecutors and the medical examiner. Four of the men, including the man killed Wednesday night in Kent, died after police responded to reports of domestic violence.

The Kent police shooting is the second fatal officer-involved shooting of a domestic-violence suspect in the region this week.

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, a Buckley police officer assisted by a Puyallup police officer and two Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest a 30-year-old man in connection with a domestic-violence assault and harassment incident that occurred earlier in the day in Carbonado, a town 20 miles southeast of Puyallup, according to The Associated Press and News Tribune.


The officers and deputies went to a house in the 1700 block of Kilt Court and encountered the man in the roadway near the home. Shots were fired, although it is unclear if the man fired at officers or what prompted the shooting, according to news accounts. He died at the scene.

The shooting is being investigated by the Pierce County Force Investigation Team.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man Tuesday as Quincy Ivan Bishop, 30, of Carbonado, and determined he died from gunshot wounds to the neck.

Help for domestic-violence survivors

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you have been abused by an intimate partner, you can call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY). A variety of agencies in the area offer assistance, including confidential shelters, counseling, child therapy and legal help. For a list of resources, visit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence's website.