Crime

Federal Way officer shoots knife-wielding suspect

A Federal Way police officer shot a 19-year-old man Monday who allegedly refused to drop a knife as he moved toward the officer.

The officer was responding to a report of a man who had been assaulted at a bus stop in the 27500 block of Pacific Highway South, police said.

Police gave this account:

As he drove to the area about 6:30 a.m., the officer saw a man walking near South 288th Street and Pacific Highway South who matched the description of the assault suspect. The officer stopped to talk to the man.

The man pulled out a knife and refused commands to drop it. As he walked toward the officer, the officer fired. It’s unclear how many shots.

The suspect fled, the officer followed, and while taking the suspect into custody, the same officer discharged his stun gun. The officer fired the stun gun when the man went down and kept holding the knife.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is expected to survive.

The person the man allegedly assaulted told police the suspect tried to rob him.

The involved officer has been in law enforcement for 17 years and working for Federal Way the last 11 years. He’s on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure.

The Valley Investigation Team, comprised of several agencies, will investigate, police said.

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