Update: Suspect arrested after Vashon search that led to King County SO sightings in Fauntleroy

fWe’ve been asked about King County Sheriff’s Office sightings at the Fauntleroy ferry dock tonight – not unusual for KCSO personnel to take the ferry, since theirs is the law-enforcement agency for Vashon Island, but the numbers are out of the ordinary. It’s related to a search that is still under way on the island, seeking a driver who rammed the patrol car of a deputy who subsequently opened fire, according to tweets from KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates.

No injuries known/reported at this point, and there’s no indication the suspect has left the island, but the search, which has included the Guardian One helicopter, continues.

8:55 AM UPDATE: Thanks to Michael and Maggie for noting in comments that KCSO reports the suspect is in custody. (added) Here’s the news release from Sgt. Gates:

Just before 6 PM on Saturday January 3rd, deputies responded to a residence for a domestic violence call between a mother and her adult son. Shortly after this first call we received several more from other citizens reporting different incidents with the same male as from the domestic violence case. These calls included a road rage incident, threats, and a vandalism.

At 6:45 PM a deputy located the suspect in the above incidents driving his pickup and there was a short pursuit . The suspect refused to stop and instead rammed the patrol car several times. In the 9800 block of SW Windmill Road the deputy fired several shots, but the suspect was not hit. The patrol car was disabled from the ramming and the suspect fled in his pickup.

Resident deputies that live on the island were called out to assist in the search for the suspect and patrol resources from the Burien and White Center areas also were sent to the island.

This morning around 4:30 the suspect was located by patrol deputies in the 24600 block of Dockton Road SW where he had broken into an unoccupied house. He attempted to run on foot, a Taser was deployed, and he was taken into custody.

There were no injuries to anyone and detectives are investigating the deputy-involved shooting as well as the other crimes committed by the suspect. The deputy who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave per our policy.

The suspect will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony assault, attempting to elude, and burglary.

8 Replies to "Update: Suspect arrested after Vashon search that led to King County SO sightings in Fauntleroy"

  • Mike January 4, 2015 (12:22 am)

    Do they have a description of the person? I’d assume our state run ferry system, with homeland security screening all around it, would capture that truck if it went onto a ferry.

    • WSB January 4, 2015 (1:47 am)

      Not that they were making public – KCSO was releasing very few details – just the vehicle.

  • MichaelK January 4, 2015 (6:21 am)

    @kingcosoPIO twittered that the suspect was taken into custody around 4:30 Sunday morning without incident.

  • M January 4, 2015 (6:42 am)

    “Suspect in last nights #Vashon incident was taken into custody without incident around 4:30 this AM on the island. No injuries to anyone.”


  • Rick January 4, 2015 (7:15 am)

    Reminds me of a story from years ago where a Vashon couple was tied up,robbed and overheard the ferry the bad guys said they were taking to WS. After freeing themselves the couple reported it and of course there was a reception committee waiting. Bad guy brilliance.

  • Eric January 4, 2015 (7:46 am)

    Well unless the ferry system drops the ball and lets the truck on the ferry, it is pretty much stuck on Vashon, is it not?

  • Cheryl January 4, 2015 (11:08 am)

    Was so relieved to wake up this morning and see that the man in question was found and arrested. We had quite a restless night of concern (& conjecture) over here on the island. Thank you TR for posting the story. One of the few things I miss about living in the city, but it’s a biggie, and that’s the WSB!

  • Eric January 4, 2015 (2:53 pm)

    A taser was deployed, LOL

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