Man runs from Kirkland police at motel, crashes vehicle after being shot
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
September 18, 2012 · Updated 9:25 AM
Kirkland police officers were conducting a foot patrol in the parking lot of the Totem Lake Motel 6 late Monday night when they heard a woman screaming for help. The incident would result in the first officer-involved shooting since the 1970s, according to a Kirkland Police Department spokesman.
When contacted, at approximately 11 p.m., the woman told the officers she had been robbed and pointed out a white male adult who was running through the lot.
Officers gave chase, yelling at the man to stop. The suspect got into an SUV and began to leave at a high rate of speed. Officers continued to order the male to stop who suddenly swerved his vehicle at an officer as he drove eastbound through the parking lot. The officer, feeling threatened, drew his gun and fired at the vehicle.
“(The suspect) was hit in the left shoulder,” said Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray.
This caused the driver to steer away from the officer as he continued out of the parking lot. Officers pursued the vehicle as it left at a high rate of speed. The suspect lost control of the vehicle approximately four blocks away, crashing the vehicle in the Infiniti of Kirkland parking lot. Murray said he did not think there was any damage to any cars in the lot.
But a service manager at Infiniti of Kirkland said there was some property damage. Debris such as broken glass and bits of mirror were scattered around land that was damaged from the SUV.
The suspect got out of the vehicle and attempted to run from officers, who eventually caught the man and took him into custody. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he is in stable condition with a bullet injury to his left shoulder. No other citizens or Kirkland officers were injured during this incident.
The King County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Task Force was requested to respond and is handling the primary investigation with Kirkland detectives assisting.
The officer involved has approximately three years of experience and was placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine for officer involved shootings.
“(The officer) seems to be doing good,” said Murray. “He has a peer support team and they made sure he got home safe.”
Murray said that he expects the investigating officers to complete their work later this week.
The Totem Lake Motel 6, located at 12010 120th Place N.E., is well known to the Kirkland Police Department. Another woman was robbed at gun point by three men the motel on Aug. 22.
“It can be quiet there and then get a lot of stuff in a short period of time,” said Murray.
Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.