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Mitzi Johanknecht

Homicide investigation leads to shooting


(Des Moines) King County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigation an officer involved shooting that occurred late last night as deputies attempted to contact a man in connection with a homicide. (Case#C17004827/C17004307)


King County Sheriff’s detectives received information that a man believed to be connected to the Beaver Lake Park homicide in Sammamish early this week was in an apartment in the 21600 block of 29 Ave S in the City of Des Moines.

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives were outside of the apartment when the suspect and another man exited.   When the men saw the deputies they both pulled handguns.  Three deputies fired striking one of the men.  The other man fled the area on foot and discarded his gun as he ran.  It is unclear at this time if either of the men fired their weapon.

The injured man was taken to Harborview and is in critical condition.  K-9 attempted a track for the outstanding suspect but he was not located.

The deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave which is routine in officer involved shootings.  All three deputies are veteran officers.   Their names will be withheld until next week, which is standard in officer involved shootings.