A King County sheriff’s deputy shot an out-of-control man in Fall City early Monday morning. The man, a homeless resident of the community, was taken to Harborview, where he later died.
According to sheriff’s spokesperson Cindi West, the man began an hours-long rant around 2:30 a.m. Monday in the Fall City Mobile Park in the 4300 block of Preston-Fall City Road, and became so aggressive by about 6:30 that “multiple” neighbors called 911.
“We understand from a witness that about 2:30, he was outside yelling ‘it’s the end of the world!’” West said.
Cheryl Hagen and her daughter, Christina, said they were wakened by the man’s screams. They were familiar with him, saying he walked by their neighborhood almost every day, talking to himself, but this morning, they were afraid.
“That’s why I called 911. We’ve never heard him like this before. His voice was so scary,” Cheryl said.
When the deputy, a 20-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, arrived, West said he saw the man lying down under a porch, but still screaming. Hagen said the officer approached the man “and was just trying to calm him down,” but the man may have lunged at the officer.
“The deputy tried to Taze the subject,” West said, but she had only a preliminary report and wasn’t sure the stun gun’s electrodes made contact with the man.
Both the Hagens thought the man had been stunned, but it didn’t seem to slow him down. “He was not going down for nothing. He wasn’t stopping,” said Cheryl.
West said at some point, the man gained control of the officer’s stun gun and the officer retreated. The Hagens saw the man begin lunging at the officer, who was backing away, but didn’t see anything in his hand.
Christina Hagen said, “The guy was charging the cop like this,” holding her fist cocked above her shoulder. “He was going to hit him.”
“He was yelling at the cop, too, ‘go ahead, do it!’” said Cheryl.
The retreating deputy fired at least one shot from his weapon, West said. He was not injured in the incident.
Both the Hagens thought they heard two gunshots. They were shaken up by the incident, and by the dramatic change in the man that they saw almost every day.
“He used to have longer hair, but he recently shaved his head, which is why we didn’t recognize him at first,” said Cheryl.
She added “Nothing like this ever happens in our little town.”
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Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindi West consults her notes before a press briefing on the fatal shooting Monday in the Fall City Mobile Park. A deputy shot a local homeless man who’d been making threats in the early morning, and the man later died of his wounds.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart, left, and Chief Deputy Anne Kirkpatrick, visit Fall City during the investigation of Monday's fatal shooting.