Kent man killed by deputy had led car pursuits
A King County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 25-year-old motorist who was trying to flee a parking lot after deputies boxed him in Sunday night in the Boulevard Park area, just south of Seattle.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 25-year-old Kent man who was fatally shot by a King County sheriff's deputy on Sunday had been booked into jail 14 times in the past seven years, according to prosecutors.
The man had convictions for trespassing, theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, drug violations, attempting to elude police and reckless driving.
According to the Sheriff's Office's account of the shooting, the man's propensity for reckless driving and eluding police led to his death.
The man, who has not been officially identified by the King County Medical Examiner's Office, was killed by a sheriff's deputy after he reportedly rammed into several cars while trying to elude deputies, said Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Urquhart said the man had twice led deputies on chases.
On April 10, a deputy tried to pull over a dark Honda Accord after the driver ran a red light near South 120th Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive.
Urquhart said the deputy pursued the Honda but terminated the chase when speeds exceeded 70 mph. The deputy noted the license-plate number and through a photo montage identified the registered owner of the car as the driver, according to Urquhart.
On Sunday, another deputy saw the man in the Honda "spinning his tires and doing a 'burn out' with smoke coming from the tires" in a parking lot near Southwest 108th Street and First Avenue Southwest, according to Urquhart.
"The driver saw the deputy, but continued the burn out in reverse," Urquhart wrote in a news release.
The deputy pursued the Honda, and spike strips were set out, but the driver was able to escape, according to Urquhart. The chase was terminated when the deputy estimated the driver reached 100 mph, Urquhart said.
At 8:05 p.m., the deputy spotted the car in the parking lot of the Arbor Court apartments, 2225 S. 112th St., in Burien, and called for backup. Several deputies surrounded the unoccupied car.
Their plan was to box in the Honda to prevent it from leaving the complex, Urquhart said.
About 15 minutes later, the 25-year-old man got into the car with a female passenger. Deputies attempted to stop the car before it left the parking lot, Urquhart said.
However, the Honda struck three cars in an attempt to get away. One deputy shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The female passenger was not injured in the shooting, according to Urquhart. But she became "unresponsive" some time afterward and was taken to Highline Hospital for treatment.
She had methamphetamines in her possession, according to Urquhart.
Urquhart did not name the deputy who fired the shots but said he is 42 years old and has been with the department for 14 years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation of the shooting.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Lindblom and news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.
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