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Kirkland officer fatally shoots suspected carjacker

KIRKLAND, Wash. - An officer has fatally shot a suspected carjacker in Kirkland, police said.

Kirkland officers received multiple 911 calls around 9:20 a.m. Thursday saying a man was trying to break into cars in the 11800 block of 115th Ave. NE.

Officers arrived on the scene, they found a man who matched the description with a gun. But the man ran off.

Witnesses told police the man tried to steal a car by pointing a gun at the driver, but was unsuccessful. Another witness called 911 to report the man was trying to carjack a second vehicle.

Rita Price was taking a class inside the Northwest Multiple Listing headquarters while police searched the area.

"Basically, we were in lock down," Price said. "We didn't know if he was in our building, we didn't know anything at that point. Like, should I get underneath a desk?"

Officers caught up to the man again in the 11500 block of NE 120th Street and he still had the gun in his hands, police said. A fight ensued and one of the officers fired a single shot at the suspect, fatally wounding him.

"When they caught up to him, they got in a struggle with him, one of the officers fired one shot striking the suspect and and killing him," said Cindi West with the King County sheriff's office.

No officers were hurt during the incident.

Saloum would only describe the suspect as a man in his 20s.

The King County Investigative Response Team will be investigating the case, but officials are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call Kirkland police at (425)587-3400.

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