In case anyone needed a reminder that allegedly charging a King County sheriff's deputy and stealing his taser during an altercation can have tragic consequences, the small town of Fall City provided it this morning.
According to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office, just such a sad scenario played out this morning near a Fall City mobile home park just before 7 a.m. The sheriff's deputy responsible for the fatal shot has over 20 years on the force, and according to West fired in self defense after the suspect charged him and stole his taser - which had been deployed in an effort to apprehend the man.
In a press release distributed to the media, West says the situation started when a person called 911 just before 7 a.m. to report a man yelling and threatening to "blow something up and burn down houses" at a mobile home park in the 4300 block of Preston Fall City Rd NE.
Here's how the King County Sheriff's Office describes what happened:
Fall City- A King County Sheriff's Deputy shot a man this morning after the man took the deputy's taser away from him during an altercation.
The incident started just before 7:00 a.m. when the deputy responded to 911 calls from a mobile home park in the 4300 block of Preston Fall City Rd NE. The callers said that a man was in the park yelling that he was going to "blow something up and burn down houses."
When the deputy arrived he contacted the suspect in the park. The suspect did not follow verbal commands and the deputy attempted to taze him. The suspect was able to get the taser away from the deputy and charged towards the deputy as he attempted to retreat. The deputy fired at least one shot, striking the suspect.
The suspect was transported to Harborview where he later died. The deputy is a veteran of with more than 20 years on the force.
The deputy will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation which is routine in deputy involved shootings.