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King County Executive Dow Constantine orders nquest ordered into fatal police shooting

King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Leonid Kalyuzhnyy by a Seattle police officer on November 29, 2013.

Police were called to the Elizabeth James House at 23rd Ave. E. and East John on reports of gunfire. Police say they were confronted by a man with a rifle in an open hallway on the second floor, who shouted at them and fired one shot at officers. Police fired back, fatally wounding Kalyuzhnyy.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the Seattle Police Department, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing Executive Order, inquests are convened to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.

Inquests provide transparency into law enforcement actions so the public may have all the facts established in a court of law. The ordering of an inquest should carry no other implication. Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.

The order signed by the Executive requests King County District Court Presiding Judge Corinna Harn to assign a judge to set a date and conduct the inquest.

The ordering of inquests is a function vested in the county executive under the King County Code.

 

Read the Executive Order on Conducting Inquests in King County at: www.kingcounty.gov/operations/policies/executive/publicaeo/phl711aeo

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