Kent police fatally shoot man after car chase

A 20-year-old Auburn man died at the scene. The investigating agency, the Des Moines Police Department, said it was too early to give more details.

Kent police fatally shot a man after a car chase early Saturday, but the department and a neighboring agency now investigating the deadly use-of-force provided only scant information in a brief news release and answered no questions.

The shooting happened about 12:15 a.m. near 99th Avenue and South 244th Street.

A 20-year-old Auburn man died at the scene, the release stated.

The Des Moines Police Department, the lead agency investigating the shooting, declined to make any other details available Saturday.

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Des Moines Sgt. Doug Jenkins, in an email to The Seattle Times on Saturday afternoon, said it was still early in the investigation and he didn’t have other information to release.

“As is typical with cases like this, there are more questions than answers right now,” Jenkins wrote. “I’m sure more information will be available next week after search warrants are done and the medical examiner releases the identity of the individual.”

Jenkins added in a follow-up email that he didn’t have answers to questions for basic details, such as the circumstances that led to the pursuit, the background of the suspect and officers involved, and whether any witnesses observed the shooting.

In October, Kent police shot and killed a 38-year-old man while attempting to serve a warrant. That shooting remains under investigation.

Two Kent police detectives and a patrol officer were involved in that shooting.

The Saturday shooting marks the third deadly police use-of-force incident in King County in less than two weeks.

A King County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 20-year-old Tommy Le in Burien around midnight June 13, after officials said he charged at deputies with a pen they mistook for a knife. Seattle police officers…

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