A man threatening to harm or kill an 18-month-old child was fatally shot by Kirkland police early Saturday, according to the Kirkland Police Department.
Kirkland officers responded to a disturbance report in the 12200 block of Northeast 116th Street, just before 6:30 a.m. on July 13.
Someone informed officers that a man was threatening to harm a child, and found the man in a wooded area east of Interstate 405. The suspect was holding the child “tightly” in his arms, police said, as officers began a dialogue with the subject.
After an hour, the suspect’s behavior toward the child “heightened” and an officer shot and killed the suspect. When asked, KPD Lt. Rob Saloum would not elaborate on what behavior prompted the officer to shoot the suspect.
As a precaution, the child was transported for medical evaluation.
The King County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an investigation, as an outside agency, into the incident, Saloum said. Investigators will remain on scene throughout the afternoon.