ENUMCLAW, Wash. - A King County deputy shot and injured a man who was armed with a rifle during a domestic disturbance Tuesday morning in Enumclaw.
The drama unfolded about 4 a.m. as deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance involving a man and a woman at a home in the 29500 block of Southeast 472nd Street, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.
A woman said her boyfriend had hit her and her 13-year-old son. Then the boyfriend locked himself up in a room that contained guns.
Deputies arrived and asked the dispatcher to tell the woman to come outside with her children. She and her two children came out.
The man turned off the lights in the house.
One deputy was wearing night-vision goggles and spotted a man approaching them stealthily in the predawn darkness outside the home. The man was armed with a rifle and had it pointed toward the deputies.
The deputies ordered the man several times to drop the rifle, but he refused.
One deputy then fired several shots at the man, taking him out as a threat.
The man was seriously injured by the gunshots, but is expected to survive. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment and is considered to be in custody.
The man's name was not released, but West said he is believed to be 39 years old.
The woman reportedly sustained a back injury and a leg injury during the domestic disturbance before the deputies' arrival.
The children were safe and unhurt.
No deputies were injured during the incident.
The deputy who opened fire has been with the King County Sheriff's Office for 18 years and is a well-respected senior deputy, West said.
Deputies are now interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene.
This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.