The drama began at about 3:10 a.m. when a Hoquiam officer on routine patrol spotted a white 2010 Chevy Cobalt that had crashed into a rock embankment near the intersection of 28th Street and Bay Avenue.
The officer discovered that the car's air bags had deployed, but no one was inside. He then spotted a large bloody knife laying on the roadway near the driver's door and blood on the car door.
About 30 yards away, the officer discovered a shoe in the roadway and a knife sheath spattered with blood.
Additional officers from Hoquiam and Aberdeen responded to the area. While they were checking the area for possible victims, a woman contacted police and said she had received a call from her 16-year-old son who told her he was "going to do something terrible."
The woman directed police to her son's location, about a block away from the crash scene.
Officers spoke to the son, who admitted stabbing the driver of the Chevy Cobalt during an altercation at a nearby apartment complex. He said the driver had then sped off in the car.
A few moments later officers discovered a man down on the ground in a yard off of an alley about two blocks away. The man showed no signs of life, but officers immediately began life-saving efforts and called medics.
When medics arrived on scene, they continued advanced life-saving efforts but were ultimately unsuccesssful.
The victim, identified as a 20-year-old Aberdeen man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately available.
The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody and is being questioned, police said.