A homeless man who grabbed a King County Sheriff’s deputy’s taser was shot and killed by the deputy Monday morning in Fall City.
The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. in the 4300 block of Preston-Fall City Road.
A King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the man was yelling around 3 a.m. about the end of the world, disturbing people living in a trailer park.
Residents called 911 after hearing the man rant for hours.
"I was scared. He said he was going to blow everything up. I don't take that lightly. He was right next to my house and my daughter's car," said Cheryl Hagen, witness.
When a deputy arrived, the man was rolling on the ground, but he got up and lunged toward the deputy.
"The subject got up and approached the deputy. The deputy continued to give commands to get down on the ground, get down on the ground. Apparently he didn't comply," said King County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cinde West.
The deputy tried using a taser on the man, but he somehow got it away from the deputy.
The man allegedly moved toward the deputy with the taser, prompting the deputy to fire one shot, which hit the man.
"The cop was runnng backwards, saying stay back, stay back, and they went behind the laundry room, where I couldn't see them. I heard the taser twice, then I saw the cop come running backywards and the other guy was chasing him. That's when he shot him," said Christina Owen, witness.
Witnesses watched the confrontation unfold. They believe the officer acted in self-defense.
"The officer was just trying to calm him down. It was very unfortunate. Very unfortunate," said Hagen.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was later declared dead.
Neighbors say the man lives under a nearby bridge and has mental issues.
The deputy was not hurt in the incident. He reportedly is a veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office and has been with the agency for more than 20 years.
The deputy will likely be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when officers fire their weapon.
KING 5's Teresa Yuan contributed to this report.