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Police: Man wielding assault rifle shot and killed by officer in Kirkland

Police say an officer shot an killed a man wielding an assault rifle at an apartment complex Kirkland Tuesday night. (Photo: KOMO News)

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Police say an officer shot an killed a man wielding an assault rifle at an apartment complex Kirkland Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just before 4:30 p.m. at the Emerson Apartments off NE 124th Lane.

Police said neighbors called 911 after hearing a woman screaming and someone firing shots in the parking lot. Witnesses said it appears to have stemmed from some sort of domestic dispute.

“It was rapid three or four in a row then a final one, nothing else sounds like that,” said neighbor Mike DeVine who heard the shots. “I’m not used to hearing anything like this.”

When officers arrived they said the man with an assault rifle greeted them outside.

Investigators said police got into some sort of confrontation with the man, and officer ended up firing shots, killing the man.

Investigators don't know yet if the man fired shots at officers.

“I’m looking at three ambulances and like 10 cop cars and it’s insane,” said neighbor Ashley Carlile who heard shots. “You never think that’s going to happen, you never think you’re going to witness something like that or hear something like that, especially where you live.”

Police said four officers responded and one fired shots. Investigators said none of them were hurt, but they were shaken up.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, per department protocol.

“We don’t have these type of situations very often in Kirkland,” said Lt. Rob Saloum with the Kirkland Police Department. “Any time an officer has to use force on a suspect, let alone deadly force, it rises to a certain level in a situation like this to protect the officers or somebody else that’s in immediate danger.”

The King County Major Crimes Unit has now taken over the investigation.


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