Fatal deputy-involved shooting at SODO station


by KING 5 News


Posted on June 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 10:55 PM

The King County Sheriff's Office says a man died after being shot by a deputy at the SODO light rail station in Seattle.

Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said just before 4:15 p.m. Monday, three Fare Enforcement Officers asked three male passengers if they had paid fares on a southbound Light Rail train at Stadium Station.

One of the men could not provide proof of payment for his fare and all three were asked to exit the train at the SODO light rail station near 4th Avenue S. and S. Lander.

Fare Enforcement Officers requested assistance from a King County Sheriff’s deputy. KCSO provides contract security on buses, light rail lines and other transit in the Seattle Metro area.

The deputy arrived and contacted the three men. One of the three men drew a handgun, and the deputy opened fire, wounding the armed suspect.

Other deputies arrived and attempted to provide aid to the wounded man, but he died at the scene.

Following the incident, the KCSO asked SPD to lead the investigation into the shooting.

SPD Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were interviewing witnesses, including the man’s two companions. 

In a related incident, two Seattle Police officers on their way to the scene were hurt in a collision. Two people in the other car were also injured. The injuries were not life-threatening.

Central Link light rail service between Beacon Hill and the stadium stations was disrupted.