Auburn officer who shot carjacking suspect has prior shooting

Auburn police have identified the officer who fatally shot a carjacking suspect Saturday afternoon.

Jeff Nelson, who has worked for Auburn police since 2008, was identified Wednesday as the officer who shot and killed the man as he tried to steal a woman’s car, department spokesman Mark Caillier said.

Nelson was involved in a 2011 officer-involved shooting, in which King County prosecutors cleared him of wrongdoing, Caillier said. He has been a K-9 handler since 2013.

King County medical examiners have not released an identity, age or cause of death of the man who was killed.

According to Caillier:

A man entered a home in the 400 block of 23rd Street Southeast with a knife, demanding money. The residents, who didn’t know him, yelled at him and told him to leave.

That man then went to the 400 block of 22nd Street Southeast, knife in hand, and tried to carjack a vehicle carrying a family of four. He confronted the mother with his knife. The father came over and chased him into a neighboring apartment complex.

Nelson, driving his patrol vehicle, saw a man running on 21st Street Southeast near D Street, matching the description of the home invasion suspect. He did a U-turn, which led the man to try to carjack a woman’s vehicle.

The woman “feared for her life,” Caillier said.

On her driver’s side door, there was damage left by the man’s knife.

Nelson then fired his service weapon and killed the man.

Nelson has not been interviewed by investigators.

The investigation, conducted by the multi-agency Valley Investigations Team, is ongoing.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker