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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Page updated at 07:00 p.m.
Deputy kills man screaming threats in Fall City mobile park
By Christine Clarridge
Seattle Times staff reporter
Cheryl Hagen feels bad that a man was shot and killed by a King County sheriff's deputy after she called 911, but she doesn't really know what she could have done differently.
"Who knows what might have happened if I hadn't called?" she said.
Hagen awoke around 6:30 a.m. Monday and heard a man screaming outside her trailer in the Fall City Mobile Park in the 4300 block of Preston Fall City Road Northeast. The man was standing in the parking lot near her daughter's car and shouting: "I'm going to blow this place up," and "The end of the world is coming," she said.
The man continued to scream even after Hagen opened the door and yelled at him, she said.
He then walked over to a neighbor's home and yelled at someone who was on the porch having a cigarette. The man, whom Hagen estimated at 40 to 50 years old, then began rolling on the ground.
That's when Hagen called 911.
Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said the responding deputy ordered the man to the ground but was ignored. West said the man was shot after he took the deputy's Taser from the deputy and charged him.
The man died later at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, according to West.
The man's name was not released Monday.
Hagen said the man continued to scream even after a sheriff's deputy arrived at the mobile-home park about 15 minutes after she called 911.
"The officer was really calm, and he didn't raise his voice," Hagen said. "He was walking slow and telling the man to calm down and relax."
The two moved out of Hagen's line of sight, but she heard the man yelling: "Come on. Do it. I don't care." She then heard a buzzing noise, which she later learned came from the deputy's Taser.
"Then I saw the officer running backward and then the guy charged him with his hand up and then I heard a pop and the guy was shot," Hagen said.
The deputy, a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, will be placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation, which is routine, West said.
Hagen said the man who was shot was not a resident of the park but may have been an acquaintance of a neighbor.
"I felt really bad about calling because of what happened, but he was screaming bloody murder about blowing something up and it was really, really scary," Hagen said. "What if I hadn't called and he'd done something worse?"
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.
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