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Kent police shoot, kill man as he drags officer behind him with a car

Kent police shot and killed a suspect who was dragging an officer behind him with a stolen car just a few feet from a strip mall overnight. (Photo: KOMO News)

KENT, Wash. - Kent police shot and killed a suspect who was dragging an officer behind him with a stolen car just a few feet from a strip mall overnight.

The drama unfolded just after midnight Wednesday when officers responded to a report of a domestic violence no-contact order violation in the 23600 block of 104th Avenue SE in Kent.

When they arrived, a 20-year-old Seattle man ran out the back door of a strip mall business into an alleyway and got into a car that was later confirmed as stolen.

The suspect started the car and started to drive away just as officers caught up with him.

As officers tried to stop him from driving away, he accelerated, dragging an officer behind him with the car. Two other officers then opened fire at the suspect. He was struck multiple times, and the car came to a stop, said Kent police spokesman Jarod Kasner.

Efforts to save the man's life were made, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kent police say the officer who was dragged suffered minor injuries, as did a K-9 police dog that was also dragged during the incident.

Records show the suspect had three domestic violence order violations in the last two days, including two instances in the past 24 hours. It's not known whether the suspect had a weapon or not.

It was later discovered that the suspect had an active felony warrant for his arrest as well as other misdemeanor warrants, including one for domestic violence.

While the scene was being secured, two men broke through the crime scene tape, disregarding warnings by officers. One of the men had to be tackled. He was taken into custody and booked into the Kent jail. The other man left the area.

Video shows the two men breaking through the crime scene tape and being tackled by officers ...

The case is under investigation, and the two officers who opened fire have been placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with standard procedure.

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