Two King County deputies were injured in a gunfight with an armed man, assumed to be a car prowler, at the Beaumont Apartments in Woodinville on Monday, Nov. 9.
The suspect was shot and killed in the incident, according to Sgt. Tim Meyer. The two male deputies who serve as Woodinville police officers were responding to “suspicious circumstances” at the apartment complex, located on the 14000 block of NE 183rd St, when the confrontation occurred and gun fire broke out.
Meyer said the details surrounding the situation that led to the initial police call at 12:15 p.m. are still unclear. The suspect was “potentially prowling cars or trying to take items out of a car,” he said.
“In my experience, no call is ever routine,” Meyer said. “It’s often the calls we think as being the most common, like a car prowl or burglary. Things like that can be the ones that turn out tragic.”
One of the deputies was reportedly shot in the back and taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. He was discharged from the hospital at 5:50 p.m. Monday evening, according to a Harborview spokesperson.
The other deputy was shot through the arm and taken to EvergreenHealth Medical Center. Both officers were conscious when transported, Meyer said.
Both deputies are in their 50s, he said. One officer is a 23-year veteran and the other has been with the department five years. There is no information on the suspect at this time, he said.
Resident Angela Sabo was watching TV in her apartment when she heard the gunshots at 1:06 p.m. She said she could hear different types of guns being used and noted to herself the exact time.
“I could just see chaos,” Sabo said, referring to what she saw when looking out her window.
She said the apartment complex sees quite a few car prowling incidents, although she recalls the last instance being about two months ago.
Meyer said he didn’t know when the last officer-involved shooting took place in Woodinville and was not aware of any previous issues at Beaumont Apartments.
“Woodinville is an extraordinarily safe community,” Meyer said.
The city of Woodinville contracts police services with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Per Initiative 940, an outside agency is required to investigate officer-involved shootings or significant force incidents. As a result, Meyer said, Seattle Police Department's Force Investigation Team will continue to probe the circumstances of the shooting.