A man shot by a King County Sheriff’s deputy Saturday near Auburn was unarmed, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Katie Larson said Sunday.
The deputy and an accompanying corrections officer shot the man after he reached for what they feared was a weapon, according to the sheriff’s office. The man, believed to be about 30, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he was in stable condition late Saturday, Larson said.
The altercation began about 4:50 p.m. Saturday, when deputies served an arrest warrant in the 37600 block of 42nd Avenue South in the Auburn area of unincorporated King County. Deputies did arrest a 27-year-old man without incident on an outstanding felony warrant.
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While there, they were told that a second man in another room had a rifle, which would have been a Department of Corrections violation.
A deputy and corrections officer went into the room to investigate, and shooting ensued moments later, the sheriff’s office said in a news release Sunday. “No guns or other weapons” were found inside the man’s room, the release said. A rifle was recovered from a safe outside the room.
The deputy was put on paid leave pending an investigation, as is standard practice, Larson said.
The sheriff’s major crimes unit, working with Bellevue Police, concluded their search of the scene early Sunday. Officials say it will be several days before additional details are released.