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Kirkland Police fatally shoot armed carjacking suspect

King County Investigative Response Team (KCIRT)

Case Report# 15-42547

CONTACT: Cindi West, Police Public Information Officer,
Media Contact number: 206-255-0778

Kirkland Police fatally shoot armed carjacking suspect

KIRKLAND, Wash. – On October 15, 2015 at 9:20 a.m., Kirkland Police Officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a white male subject attempting to break into vehicles in the 11800 block of 115th Avenue NE in the Totem Lake area.  A short time later, officers made contact with the suspect who had a handgun in his possession.  The suspect fled on foot. 

According to witnesses, the subject then attempted to carjack a vehicle from a driver while displaying the handgun.  Another witness reported to 9-1-1 that the suspect was attempting to enter a second vehicle. 

Officers re-located the suspect in the 11500 block of NE 120th  Street who had the handgun in his possession.   A physical confrontation occurred between the suspect and the officers.  One of the involved officers fired a single gunshot, striking the suspect.  Officers called for an aid unit, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by the Kirkland Fire Department. No police officers or civilians were injured. 

As a matter of standard protocol, the Kirkland Police Department has requested an outside investigative team. The King County Investigative Response Team (KCIRT) is now assuming investigation responsibilities. Persons who may have witnessed this incident are asked to contact the Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3400. 

The King County Investigative Response Team (KCIRT) was formed to maintain community trust and recognize best practices when investigating officer involved shootings or other major incidents. Most importantly, KCIRT exists to ensure that thorough, objective and transparent investigations are conducted in a timely and professional manner.   The multi-jurisdictional team maximizes the skills of the most experienced investigators and supervisors in our region while also incorporating the latest technological equipment and techniques. 

KCIRT is available to any law enforcement agency in King County that requests the services of the team. The membership and Board of Directors of KCIRT currently consists of the following agencies: Washington State Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office, Bellevue Police Department, Kirkland Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Issaquah Police Department, Bothell Police Department, Mercer Island Police Department, Snoqualmie Police Department, and Black Diamond Police Department.

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11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

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