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Suspect armed with AR-15 killed by King Co. deputy at Kent Station, deputies say

AR-15 rifle recovered at the scene of a deputy-involved shooting at the Kent Station shopping area. (King Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

KENT, Wash. - A King County sheriff's deputy shot a suspect in a stolen car Thursday morning. Deputies said the suspect was armed with an AR-15 rifle. The suspect later died.

The incident unfolded at around 8:40 a.m. in the 300 block of Railroad Avenue, the Kent Station parking garage, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff's Office.

Abbott said the deputy was on routine patrol at the parking garage when he located a stolen car with two occupants inside.

As the deputy approached the car, one suspect grabbed the semi-automatic rifle. The deputy and the suspect struggled with each other inside the car and and the fight moved outside. The deputy fired at least one shot, critically injuring the driver.

The other occupant of the stolen car fled from the scene on foot, but he was later apprehended by Kent police. A third suspect associated with the first two also was taken into custody nearby.

The suspect who was shot was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he died at about 10:10 a.m.

No other information was immediately available about the three suspects.

The deputy who shot the suspect is a 28-year veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office. He has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting, which is standard protocol after such an incident.

The suspect's rifle has been recovered as evidence in the case and it was loaded, Abbott said. He said investigators are waiting for a search warrant before they check for more weapons and other evidence in the stolen car.

The parking garage has been secured during the investigation. Anyone who needs to retrieve their car before the investigation is complete will be escorted in and out of the parking garage, Abbott said.

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