Pierce County deputy shoots, kills man near Graham

Pierce County deputy shoots, kills man near Graham. (KOMO News)

GRAHAM, Wash. -- A Pierce County deputy shot and killed a 28-year-old Spanaway man on Friday night after the man reportedly tried to get into the deputy's patrol car.

Earlier 911 callers said the man was having a breakdown, was armed with a knife and was trying to get into people's vehicles, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department says.

The incident occurred at 252nd Street East and Mountain Highway East in the Elk Plain area.

Events began at 9:32 p.m. when a woman called 911 and said a male friend was having a mental breakdown in the middle of the road. The 911 dispatcher could hear screaming. The woman said her friend had a knife, the Sheriff's Department says.

"Let go of me now," the dispatcher heard the woman say. "Stop it."

She got back on the phone and said the man was going east on 252nd Street East.

Deputies headed to the area. A second person called 911 to say a man had just tried to get into his vehicle.

The first 911 caller was still on the phone and reported that her male friend was trying to "jump into other people's vehicles." Then she reported he was trying to get into her vehicle.

Minutes later, a deputy radioed in that shots had been fired, the Sheriff's Department said.

The Sheriff's Department said the man reportedly refused to heed the deputy's commands at gunpoint, then tried to get into the deputy's vehicle.

The deputy then opened fire.

The deputy was not hurt.

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