911 Call Leads to Fatal Shooting in Fall City

A King County Sheriff’s Deputy shot a man this morning after the man took the deputy’s taser gun during an altercation.

The incident started just before 7:00AM today, December 10th, when the deputy responded to 911 calls from a mobile home park in the 4300 block of Preston Fall City Rd NE, near the Fall City Roadhouse restaurant.  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 mobile home park.  The suspect did not follow the KCSO deputy’s verbal command so he attempted to taze the suspect.  The suspect was able to get the taser away from the deputy and then charged towards the deputy as he was attempting to retreat. The deputy fired at least one shot, striking the suspect.

The suspect, who according to Komo News was a local homeless man, was transported to Seattle’s Harborview Hospital where he later died.  KCSO Sergeant Cindi West says the involved deputy is a police veteran, with more than 20 years on the force.

The deputy will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is routine in officer-involved shootings.

You can watch the KOMO News story HERE.

Photo courtesy of KOMO News

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  • If I remember right, when the Ridge was designed, there was an agreement to keep the views from the falls pristine, no visual or light pollution. This was because of the spiritual significance of Snoqualmie Falls to the tribe. When I watch the mists rise over the falls, I never fail to think of the ancestors who once peopled this valley, before all the development and industry came in.

    To me, this entire valley is sacred in its natural magnificence. I have lived in a lot of places in the United States…this is one of the most beautiful. My heart sings as I look at the views, the clouds tracking along the mountainsides, the shadows that play across Mt. Si on any given day, the snow as it lowers and rises on the surrounding mountains, the elk grazing on the Snoqualmie Prairie, the flow of the river at it’s awesome peaks in the winter rains, as well as the lazy slowness of late August, the play of the brightly colored leaves against the evergreens in the Autumn, the shy return of spring colors on the hillsides.

    Whatever the Tribe does, I hope its members will continue a tradition of honoring the Nature that surrounds us all. It is priceless!

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