Man armed with rifle fatally shot by Kent Police in exchange of gunfire

Officers responded to domestic violence assault at home near Kentridge High School

Kent Police officers fatally shot a man armed with a rifle in an exchange of gunfire during a domestic violence incident at about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday at a house in the 13000 block of Southeast 204th Place.

Officers responded to a domestic violence assault and were confronted by a man with a rifle, according to a Kent Police statement. The man fired his rifle an unknown number of times and officers returned fire, but then lost sight of the man.

SWAT officers were requested to assist in searching for the man, who was found dead on the property, according to police. Family members who were on the scene were out of the house when the shooting occurred. Police did not release the age of the man. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the man.

The house is in a neighborhood just east of Kentridge High School.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard police procedure. The police statement did not say how many officers fired shots or how many shots were fired by the officers.

Kent Police are part of the Valley Independent Investigative Team, which will investigate the shooting. That team includes investigators from Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Tukwila, Renton and the Port of Seattle police departments.

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