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June 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Man fatally shot by deputy at Sodo Station

A King County sheriff's deputy looks at the suspect's gun on the ground as he walks past the scene of a fatal shooting at the Sodo light-rail station.

A King County sheriff’s deputy looks at the suspect’s gun on the platform as he walks past the scene of a fatal shooting at the Sodo light-rail station. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Update at 6:58 p.m.: The incident started shortly after 4 p.m. as a light-rail train left the Stadium Station. Fare-enforcement officers contacted three men on the train and at least one couldn’t produce proof of paying to board, said Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

The officers asked them to exit the southbound train at the Sodo Station, Whitcomb said.

The officers called for backup, and a sheriff’s deputy located the three men on the station platform at Sodo Station. At some point one of the men pulled out a handgun and the deputy shot the man.

The deputy called for additional backup and arriving deputies performed CPR, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two people with the man were taken into custody for questioning.

“This incident is primarily about a man pulling a handgun on a deputy, and the deputy responding with lethal force,” Whitcomb said.

The Sodo station is expected to remain closed for the next few hours while Seattle police investigate.

Update at 6:47 p.m.: The Seattle Police Department says the man shot by a sheriff’s deputy was armed with a handgun.

Update at 6:32 p.m.: A Sound Transit Police officer fatally shot a man during a confrontation this afternoon at the Sodo Station.

The incident began with a confrontation between the man and a fare-enforcement officer on the station platform, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates. The officer, who was unarmed, called for backup from Sound Transit Police, who are sheriff’s deputies assigned to the transit agency.

After the deputy confronted the man around 4:15 p.m. shots were fired and the man was declared dead at the scene. It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the officer to open fire. It also wasn’t immediately known of the dead man had been armed, but photos of the scene showed a handgun near the man’s body.

The Sheriff’s Office has asked the Seattle Police Department to handle the investigation.

A light-rail passenger said he was on a train when it stopped at Sodo Station immediately after the shooting. He said an official told them to get on the floor in case more shots were fired.

The deputy has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and transferred to Sound Transit police in 2009.

Sound Transit employs fare-enforcement officers to walk the trains and instruct passengers to show proof of fare ­ — by displaying a ticket, or by presenting an ORCA farecard to be checked by handheld scanner. The officers are Securitas private security guards, trained for transit work. They do not carry firearms.

Light rail is blocked between the stadium and Beacon Hill stations, Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said. Passengers are being put on buses.

Update at 5:54 p.m.: Authorities say the suspect shot by the deputy is a male. The deputy has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and transferred to Sound Transit in 2009. Sound Transit contracts with Sheriff’s Office for security.

A light-rail passenger said he was on the train when it stopped at Sodo Station immediately after the shooting. He said an official told them to get on the floor in case more shots were fired.

Sound Transit employs fare-enforcement officers to walk the trains and instruct passengers to show proof of fare ­ — by displaying a ticket, or by presenting an ORCA farecard to be checked by handheld scanner. The officers are Securitas private security guards, trained for transit work. They do not carry firearms.

Update at 5:33 p.m.: The incident began with a confrontation between a fare-enforcement officer and the suspect on the station platform, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates said. The officer, who was unarmed, called for backup from armed officers.

At some point an armed deputy fatally shot the suspect, Gates said.

Light rail is blocked between the stadium and Beacon Hill stations, Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said. Passengers are being put on buses.

Original post: A King County sheriff’s deputy has shot a killed a person near Sodo Station.

The shooting was reported at 4:19 p.m. at 500 S. Lander St. The person, described by the Sheriff’s Office as a suspect, was declared dead at the scene.

It wasn’t immediately known what led up to the shooting. The Sheriff’s Office has asked the Seattle Police Department to lead the investigation.

The shooting and investigation have disrupted light-rail service between the Beacon Hill and Stadium stations.

Sound Transit says shuttle buses are being sent to transport light-rail passengers.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.

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