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Dow Constantine


Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of man who reportedly fired shots in Issaquah neighborhood

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the shooting death of Ronald Williams Ficker by Issaquah police officers on September 24, 2011.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the shooting death of Ronald Williams Ficker by Issaquah police officers on September 24, 2011.

Ficker, a 51 year-old unincorporated area resident who lived north of Maple Valley, was shot by police after reportedly firing shots at pedestrians and exchanging gunfire with police near Clark Elementary School in Issaquah.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the King County Sheriff's Office, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing Executive Order they are routinely called to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.

Inquests provide transparency into law enforcement actions so the public may have all the facts established in a court of law. The ordering of an inquest should carry no other implication. Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.

The order signed by the Executive requests King County District Court Presiding Judge Barbara Linde to assign a judge to set a date and conduct the inquest.

The ordering of inquests is a function vested in the county executive under the King County Code.

Read the Executive Order on Conducting Inquests in King County at: www.kingcounty.gov/operations/policies/executive/publicaeo/phl711aeo



King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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