Law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near a freeway ramp in Federal Way on May 4. Photo courtesy of South Sound News

Law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near a freeway ramp in Federal Way on May 4. Photo courtesy of South Sound News

King County SWAT member fatally shoots suspect in Federal Way | Update

Near northbound I-5 off-ramp to South 317th Street

A King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT member shot and killed a suspect near a freeway off-ramp in Federal Way on Wednesday, May 4.

Around 10:20 a.m. near the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S., a detective unit with the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) located a man who they had probable cause to arrest for felony assault with a firearm, according to the Valley Independent Investigative Team (VIIT).

Detectives and the county’s tactical team contacted the man in a vehicle and attempted to take him into custody, according to the release. The man fled the scene in a vehicle after officials say he struck occupied patrol vehicles.

Deputies pursued the man until stopping him near South 317th Street and 28th Avenue South, VIIT states.

According to VIIT: “The tactical team deputies again attempted to take the subject into custody when deputies encountered a lethal threat and responded with lethal force.”

Investigators did not provide clarification on what the “lethal threat” was.

The shooting occurred near the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to South 317th Street in Federal Way, according to Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall, who was appointed to the position on Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies were not injured, however, the suspect died at the scene, she said.

“We realize the impact this has on the community any time somebody loses their life,” Cole-Tindall said.

Auburn Police Department is the lead agency from the VIIT conducting the investigation into the fatal shooting, said Kolby Crossley, spokesperson for Auburn police.

VIIT is a multi-agency law enforcement oversight team tasked with investigating officer-involved incidents in South King County.

Washington State Patrol warned drivers to find alternate routes as the north and south off-ramps and nearby streets were closed for an extended amount of time to investigate the shooting.

OLD

Officials are investigating after a King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT member shot and killed a suspect near a freeway off-ramp in Federal Way on Wednesday, May 4.

The shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. near the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to South 317th Street in Federal Way, according to Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall, who was appointed to the position on May 3.

The King County TAC 30 SWAT team responded to the scene and attempted to arrest the suspect before the shooting, she said during a media briefing. Cole-Tindall could not provide information about the suspect, nor about the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies were not injured, however the suspect died at the scene, she said.

“… We realize the impact this has on the community any time somebody loses their life,” Cole-Tindall said.

Auburn Police Department is the lead agency from the Valley Independent Investigative Team (VIIT) conducting the investigation into the fatal shooting, said Kolby Crossley, spokesperson for Auburn police.

VIIT is a multi-agency law enforcement oversight team tasked with investigating officer-involved incidents.

Washington State Patrol warned drivers to find alternate routes as the north and south off-ramps and nearby streets will be closed for an extended amount of time as officials investigate.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near a freeway ramp in Federal Way on May 4. Photo courtesy of South Sound News

Law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near a freeway ramp in Federal Way on May 4. Photo courtesy of South Sound News

More in News

Courtesy Photo, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Judge finds probable cause to hold Kent man for kidnapping girl

Man, 40, reportedly grabbed 6-year-old girl in East Hill apartment complex parking lot

t
King County residential property values rise 12.4% in SE Kent

King County Assessor John Wilson begins to release 2024 numbers

t
Three 11-year-old girls in Kent help stop kidnapping of 6-year-old girl

40-year-old man reportedly grabbed girl in apartment complex parking lot on East Hill

t
Kent Police seek male teen driver in fatal hit-and-run on East Hill | Update

Teen reportedly driving stolen vehicle and fleeing police during Saturday, July 13 incident; victim identified

t
13-year-old boy fatally shot in Kent on East Hill near Turnkey Park | Update

Boy found shot near apartment complex Tuesday night, July 16 identified by medical examiner

t
Kent School Board votes 3-1 to send levy to voters in November

Capital projects and technology levy reduced from $192 million to $97 million after previous failures

t
Kiwanis clubs to place painted rocks at downtown Kent parks

Purpose is to ‘spread joy and positivity’

t
Driver caught on I-5 in Kent using fake passenger in HOV lane

Driver called it a ‘training aid’ after State Patrol trooper pulled her over near South 272nd Street

t
Kent Police seek public’s help to find woman missing since 2009

Release sketch of what Alyssa McLemore might look like today as detectives seek to solve case

Courtesy Image, Sound Transit
Far right lane of southbound I-5 in Kent to close for 2 weeks

July 21 to Aug. 5 between South 259th Street and South 272nd Street for light rail drainage work

t
Kent firefighters extinguish three separate brush fires on West Hill

Fire breaks out early Friday morning, July 12 in wooded area west of Interstate 5