TUKWILA — An armed robber was shot and killed by Tukwila police officers Saturday night.
At around 7:30 p.m. an employee inside Cash & Carry called 911 whispering that there was a robbery in progress.
The employee called 911 while the robber took the manager to the back of the store to get money.
Several officers rushed to the scene as the armed robber was walking out of the store. Tukwila Police say the suspect’s gun was visible. Gunshots rang out but police at this time are not sure which side fired first. The suspect died on the scene.
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of D’Angelo Davis by Tukwila police on December 7, 2013.
Police surrounded the Cash and Carry wholesale food store on Andover Park East after receiving a report of an armed robbery in progress. Police say gunfire was exchanged when an armed man emerged, and Davis was killed.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the Federal Way 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.