Auburn officer kills man in attempted carjacking

One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting Saturday in Auburn. (Photo: KOMO News)

AUBURN, Wash. -- An Auburn police officer shot and killed a man Saturday afternoon during an attempted carjacking, police said.

The incident began about 12:25 p.m. when police went to the 400 block of 23rd Street Southeast to investigate the report of an armed man in an occupied home.

The man fled. An officer saw him at 21st Street Southeast and D Street Southeast, where he tried to force his way into an occupied vehicle.

Police say the office engaged the man and fired his service weapon. The suspect, who was dead at the scene, has not been identified.

A man who lives nearby says he heard popping sounds as he walked past his front window.

“As I went past my front room window, I heard a pop and immediately turned and there was another pop,” said Leo Mattox. “He hit the ground. I walked through the kitchen ‘cause I realized immediately that it was 2 gunshots. Rapid succession. Pop, pop. Looked out the window with family and the police were right there. The K9 unit was already on him. It was very, very quick.”

"How am I feeling personally? It’s an event. We know these events happen. It’s scary, but the police have to do what they have to do. And I’m pretty sure that they did what they had to do and probably saved somebody else’s life," Mattox added.

No one else was injured.

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