Two Renton officers involved in shooting

Suspect allegedly had a shotgun and a knife

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 2:31pm
  • News

A Renton police officer shot a man this afternoon, who was allegedly armed, according to the Renton Police Department.

The department tweeted out that at 3:44 p.m., Dec. 12, an armed adult man was “involved with a shooting” with a Renton officer, on 116th Avenue Southeast. The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center and later died.

According to a press release, a police officer radioed to dispatch he was attempting to contact a suspect after seeing a liquor violation near Southeast 168th Street and 116th Avenue. Dispatch then received a call that a man with a gun was seen in the same area just a few minutes prior.

When the officer approached the suspect, the suspect allegedly pulled out a weapon that appeared to be a shotgun, according to the press release. The officer, a sergeant, shot at least one round at the suspect before the suspect fled on foot, dropping the alleged weapon.

A second Renton officer arrived on seen and shot at the suspect with a “less-lethal” weapon, according to the press release. The suspect refused to stop after the second officer engaged him. The suspect allegedly drew a knife and began approaching the second officer when the sergeant shot at least once more at the suspect, hitting him and stopping the suspect.

No officers were injured, according to the tweet. This is the third reported officer shooting in the last six months in Renton with an armed person, and the second fatal shooting.

The press release describes the sergeant as a 30-plus year veteran officer with the Renton Police Department. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave while the Port of Seattle Police and the Valley Investigative Team investigate the shooting. The investigation closed off parts of 116th on Friday, Dec. 13.

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