A Burien man died late Sunday evening following a shootout with deputies from the King County Sheriff’s Office that began with a domestic violence incident.
Around 7 p.m., deputies were called by a woman in her 40s to a house on the 1200 block of Southwest 160th Street after her live-in boyfriend assaulted her, she told deputies.
Sgt. DB Gates said deputies believed they had probable cause to arrest the man, also in his 40s, but he refused to come out of the residence. A hostage negotiator and SWAT were called.
The negotiators spent over two hours talking with the man as deputies surrounded the house.
“He wasn’t cooperating. We think he had been drinking,” Gates said. “If any deputies came into the house, he said he would shoot them.”
The man began firing from the front of the house toward the street. Gates said the officers believed he was using both a shotgun and a handgun.
In the second group of shots, deputies returned fire.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he later died.
Deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave. The woman declined medical care and there were no other injuries.