Driver killed by trooper wanted 'death by cop'
A knife-wielding man who said he wanted to commit “suicide by cop” pulled a knife and was shot and killed by a state trooper Saturday morning on Interstate 5 near Lacey, trooper Brooke Bova said.
The officer-involved shooting resulted in backups on southbound I-5 that at one point stretched 7 miles.
State troopers received a report about 6:15 a.m. of a distraught man who called 911 and claimed he wanted to commit “suicide by cop.” The man was on state Route 167 in King County at the time. Troopers started looking for the man and found him near mile post 120 on I-5.
A trooper pulled him over near Carpenter Road. The man had a knife and approached the trooper while making threatening gestures and didn’t respond to commands from the trooper, Bova said. The trooper feared for his safety and shot the man, Bova said.
Attempts were made to revive the man, but the man died at the scene. The investigation is being handled by the multiagency Thurston County Critical Incident Investigation team.
Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said the 22-year-old man was a reservist in the National Guard. He said no other information could be released until that is confirmed due to the Army’s family notification policies. An autopsy will likely be conducted Monday, Warnock said.
The trooper is an 18-year veteran with the Washington State Patrol, Bova said.
“He’s on administrative leave at this time,” she said.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.