Kirkland police shot and killed a man Saturday morning after the man threatened to harm an 18-month-old boy.
According to Kirkland police, officers responded around 6:25 a.m. Saturday to the 12200 block of Northeast 116th Street, near the Dania Furniture store, where they found the suspect barricaded in a wooded area behind the store and threatening the child.
After an officer spoke to the man for about 30 minutes, the suspect's behavior escalated, and one officer shot the man to prevent him from hurting the child.
"The officer felt and based on the subject's escalated actions to the child that it was necessary at that point to prevent that child from being severely injured or killed," says Rob Saloum, a public information officer with the Kirland Police Department.
Kirkland police say the child is safe and was taken to a hospital. No officers were hurt.
The King County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the case. At this time, it is unclear if the suspect has a criminal history or relationship to the child.
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