Man dead after officer-involved shooting in Bellevue

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Bellevue Tuesday night.

“An on-duty Bellevue police officer was involved in a deadly force incident. As a result, a person is deceased,” said the Bellevue Police Department.

The shooting happened at 6:35 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kelsey Creek Shopping Center near 148th Avenue Southeast and Main Street.

Witnesses told us a man armed with a knife and acting erratically walked into the LA Fitness.

We also heard from first responder sources that the man tore down an AED, or defibrillator, inside the gym.

We caught up with one man who was inside the gym when it all happened. He told us that once he saw people running in a panic, he immediately looked for the emergency exits.

Bellevue officers arrived and at least one officer contacted the suspect, who was reported to be a 44-year-old man.

At some point, the man came toward the officer while holding the knife in his hand. The officer then fired, hitting the man.

Officers gave first aid and CPR to the man before medics arrived and pronounced the 44-year-old dead at the scene.

The Bellevue officer who shot the man was placed on administrative leave.

The King County Independent Force Investigation Team is currently investigating.