Wednesday, December 26, 2007

FWPD Media Release: Officer Involved Shooting

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Officer Involved Shooting
Date of Incident: December 25, 2007
Case No.: 07-18806

On December 25, 2007, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Washington State Patrol received numerous 9-1-1 calls from motorists regarding a disturbed individual on the interstate interfering with traffic. Witnesses described a white male running from the on-ramp of South 320th Street onto traffic traveling Northbound on Interstate 5.

Witnesses described the subject, a 27-year-old male from Olympia, who had begun to shed his clothing, strike moving vehicles, and attempted to pry open the doors of moving vehicles.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the first Washington State Patrol Trooper arrived on scene and was confronted by the subject who began to physically attack the trooper and refused to obey verbal commands.

The subject continued to lunge at the trooper and the trooper in fearing for his safety drew his pistol and fired at the subject.

The subject was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is not being released at this time until next of kin is notified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

At the request of Washington State Patrol, the Federal Way Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating this incident.

The identity of the trooper involved in this shooting is also not being released at this time. The involved trooper is an 11 year veteran with the Washington State Patrol. The trooper involved in the shooting was not injured and has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the standard department policy when an officer is involved in a shooting.

The Federal Way Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public. We are requesting any citizens who may have witnessed this incident to contact our agency by calling the Puget Sound Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Approved by: Deputy Chief Andy Hwang -- Date & Time: 12/25/07 @ 1935 Hours
Released by: Stacy Flores, PIO -- Pager: 206-916-1139 -- Date & Time: 12/25/07 @ 1935 Hours



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