Police shoot, wound suspect in fatal Federal Way shooting

Prime suspect taken to hospital Friday night, three other suspects were arrested in Tacoma earlier in the day

Staff writerOctober 18, 2013 

A Thursday night shooting in Federal Way led to three arrests in Tacoma on Friday, and a fourth arrest in Federal Way that culminated in gunfire.

The Thursday shooting killed Deshawn Boykin, 18, who died at St. Francis Hospital shortly after his brother brought him to the emergency room, police said.

Friday, Federal Way Police officers cornered their prime suspect, a 35-year-old Renton man, in a parking lot near the 1400 block of South 320th Street. The man tried to flee. Police shot him. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, but police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

Earlier Friday, Federal Way officer arrested two men and a woman at a house in the 5600 block of South I street, after a search by a SWAT team.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting of Boykin remained unclear late Friday. Investigators revealed few details. According to a police news release, officers responded to reported gunshots in the 31500 block of First Avenue South in Federal Way, near French Lake Park.

Reaching the scene at about 8:45 p.m., officers made little headway. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots, but police could not find a crime scene. About 10 minutes later, medical personnel told police a man with gunshot wounds – Boykin – had been dropped off at the hospital. Boykin died shortly afterward. The King County Medical Examiner's office listed the cause of death as homicide, citing multiple gunshot wounds.

According to police, two of the three suspects arrested Friday in Tacoma cooperated with investigators. Officers involved in the Friday shooting of the key suspect were placed on paid administrative leave, in keeping with standard procedure in such incidents. One officer, 35, works for the Federal Way Police Department and has 9 years of law enforcement experience. The other officer, 34, works for the Renton Police Department and has 7 years of experience. Police said both incidents – the homicide and the officer-involved shooting – remain under active investigation.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486

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