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.

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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.


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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

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