A woman with a handgun was shot and killed Friday by King County Sheriff’s deputies when they responded to a report of a suicidal woman on tribal land near the Muckleshoot Reservation, according to a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Deputies arrived at the woman’s house in the 15800 block of SE 382 Pl., just after 6:30 p.m.
Deputies knocked on the door and got no response despite seeing children in the house, Sgt. Cindi West said in a news release. Two deputies entered the house for a welfare check and found the woman armed with a handgun. Both fired, and at least one shot hit the woman, 23, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, per department policy. West said in the release one of the deputies is an 8-year veteran assigned to the reservation and the other is King County deputy with 3 years experience.
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More information will be released after the deputies provide their statements to investigators, West said.
Details were limited Friday evening, and media representatives were barred from entering tribal property, West said. Reports from KOMO-TV and KIRO-TV said the woman was threatening to harm herself when deputies responded to the scene.