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Four Kent officers on leave after shooting along Pacific Highway

Officials said the suspect died along 24500 Pacific Highway South just after 5 a.m.

KENT, Wash — Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated the driver of the vehicle was 25 years old.

A 27-year-old man died after Kent police officers shot him early Monday morning, according to Valley Communications.

Officers responded just before 4:15 a.m. to investigate reports of a car stopped in the roadway along the 25200 block of Pacific Highway South. A witness told police they believed the man was driving under the influence. 

When the officers arrived they found a vehicle stopped in the road. The driver of the vehicle was unresponsive with his foot on the brake and the vehicle still in drive, according to information from the Valley Independent Investigative Team. 

The officers used their vehicles to pin the vehicle from the front and rear.

When the officers were making contact with the driver, a struggle ensued. During the struggle, an officer stated over police radio the driver was in possession of a gun, according to the Investigative Team.

Moments later, an officer reported shots were fired.

The officers removed the driver from the vehicle and rendered medical aid until medics arrived. The driver died at the scene.

One officer sustained minor lacerations during the struggle.

A handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle, according to the Investigative Team.

Four Kent officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave.

The Valley Independent Investigative Team is actively investigating. The Federal Way Police Department is the lead agency.

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