At 5:45 p.m., police took a call about a possible drunk driver near Creekwood Court SE. The driver in question had crashed into another car before taking off on foot, according to police.
Officers arrived on scene a few minutes later and immediately began tracking the man. They caught up with him a short time later, at which point police say the man threatened an officer. The officer, who's a 25-year-veteran of the force, shot the man in the head, killing him.
Police have not said if the man was armed or how exactly he threatened the officer.
The officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.
The Thurston County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Team responded to the scene, and the Tumwater Police Department will be the lead investigative agency.
The victim's name has not been released.