Update at 3:30 p.m.: The man who was shot by King County sheriff’s Deputy Malcolm Elliott at the Sodo Station on Monday was identified today as Oscar Perez-Giron, 23. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Perez-Giron died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Original post: The King County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an armed man at Sound Transit’s Sodo Station was identified today as Malcolm Elliott.
Elliott, 39, joined the sheriff’s office in February 2002 and transferred to the Sound Transit police division in early 2009, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates.
Elliott fatally shot the 23-year-old man Monday afternoon at the light-rail station while wrestling with him and a second man, according to a probable-cause statement that provides a narrative of the incident.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the identity of the man who was fatally shot.
Around 4 p.m. Monday, fare-enforcement officers contacted three men — two 23-year-olds and a 26-year-old — on a southbound train near the Stadium Station, said Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray.
One of the men — the 23-year-old who was later shot — could not show proof that he had paid his fare and refused to show the unarmed security officers his ID, Gray said.
The fare-enforcement officers called for Sound Transit police officers to meet them at the Sodo Station, he said. Sound Transit police are sheriff’s deputies contracted to patrol the transit agency’s trains, buses, stations and platforms, Gray said.
Video shows three men getting off train 144B at the station with three fare-enforcement officers, the statement says. Each of the three men carried a backpack, it says.
The 23-year-old pulled a gun on Elliott, holding the gun in his right hand, the statement says. Elliott wrestled with him and grabbed the man’s right wrist while drawing his own gun with his right hand, it says. During the struggle, one of the man’s companions grabbed the deputy’s right wrist and arm from behind, according to the statement.
Elliott shot the armed 23-year-old and managed to break free from the second man, according to the statement, which doesn’t name the deputy.
Seattle police are investigating the shooting.