A man holding and threatening to harm or kill an 18-month-old child was shot and killed by Kirkland police Saturday morning.

According to Kirkland Police Sergeant Rob Saloum, officers responded to a wooded area near the Dania Furniture Store in the 12200 block of Northeast 116th Street around 6:30 a.m.

Officers had been talking with the man for about an hour when police said his “actions toward the child heightened.” An officer shot the man to prevent any harm to the child. The man died at the scene.

The child was transported to the hospital as a precaution. Saloum said the officers involved were not injured.

The child’s mother was on scene and speaking to police.

Kirkland Police asked the King County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the investigation as an outside agency.