SEATTLE - King County Sheriff's investigators say a man with a hatchet was killed after he tried to attack a 7-Eleven store clerk Sunday morning in White Center.
They say a customer was sitting inside the store drinking coffee around 5:45 a.m. when a man wearing a mask entered the store located near South 110th Avenue and 8th Avenue South.
The man began swinging a hatchet at both the customer and the store clerk, then attacked the clerk.
"We don't know if the intent was to commit a robbery because the suspect didn't say anything," said King County Sheriff Sergeant Cindi West.
The customer pulled out his own gun and shot the man. The man died at the scene.
The store clerk suffered a minor injury to his stomach during the attack but, the owner says he's doing OK.
Detectives say the customer does have a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
"We believe had this Good Samaritan not acted, we might have a dead clerk on our hands right now," West said.
The case will be forwarded to the King County prosecutor's office to determine if any charges will be filed.
The man shot has since been identified by the King County Medical Examiner as 43-year-old Steven Blacktongue.