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Police: Knife-wielding man claiming to be 'The Creator' shot dead by deputies in Burien

Photo credit: Thomas Lin

BURIEN, Wash. -- A man has died after he was shot by a King County Sheriff's deputy in a Burien neighborhood early Wednesday morning, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received reports of shots fired at about 12:10 a.m. at S. 136th St. and 3rd Ave. S. The sheriff's office said the incident began when a friend of a homeowner knocked on his door yelling that someone was chasing him with a knife.

The homeowner grabbed a gun and went outside to help and was confronted by another man holding "a knife or sharp object," according to deputies. The man with the knife then began coming toward the homeowner at which point he fired his gun into the ground as a warning shot, but the man kept advancing, deputies said.

The homeowner raced back into his home and slammed the door just before the knife-wielding man could enter. The attacker then began pounding on the door and stabbing it with the sharp object yelling that he was "The Creator."

When deputies arrived, they tried to get the man to drop his sharp object, but he refused and began advancing on the deputies, officials said. Deputies attempted to stop the man twice with a Taser, but it was not effective and the man kept approaching. At that point, one deputy fired at least one shot and hit the suspect in the midsection. The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

The deputy involved has been with the King County Sheriff's Office for 2.5 years, and he is now on administrative leave, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

This is an ongoing investigation, and we will update this story as we receive more information.

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