Ravensdale man shot and killed by King County sheriff's deputies after refusing to drop machete

A 19-year-old man brandishing a machete was shot and killed by King County Sheriff's deputies just before midnight Saturday, March 19, near Cumberland in Southeast King County.

According to Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office, the man died at the scene. He had been living in the Ravensdale area.

Urquhart wrote in a release that the incident began when Buckley police officers got into a pursuit with the man, and were joined by Enumclaw police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers. The chase led them into the Cumberland area of Southeast King County.  The sheriff's office was notified of the pursuit at 11:05 p.m. The agencies involved terminated the chase about five minutes later.

Deputies went to the general area where the car was registered, and at 11:38 p.m. found the car, a 1978 Ford Fiesta, on a rural road in the 28500 block of Retreat-Kanaskat Road.  The car was unoccupied.

As deputies checked out the vehicle, one deputy drove farther down the road.  At  11:41 p.m. the deputy found the suspect on the road carrying a large machete. The man walked up to the deputy’s car and slashed down on the hood of the car with the weapon.

The deputy called for assistance and additional deputies came to his location.  The man refused to drop the machete and two deputies fired Tasers at him, Urquhart stated the deputies either missed or did not make good contact.

Three deputies then fired and the man went down.  He was hit multiple times.

Deputies applied trauma dressings and direct pressure to the man’s wounds.  He was having difficulty breathing so they used a bag mask to help him breathe.  A deputy began chest compressions after they lost a pulse.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation continued until the Maple Valley Fire Department arrived and took over primary care.  However they discontinued life saving efforts at 12:05 a.m.

The three deputies who fired have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in these situations according to the sheriff's office.

The man had three warrants for his arrest for traffic related offenses.

Urquhart also noted the man is listed in the state computer database as potentially dangerous to officers for statements made threatening to kill police.

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