King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting in August of a Burien man by King County sheriff’s deputies.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a house in the 1200 block of Southwest 160th Street in Burien around 7 p.m. Aug. 10 after Tyrone Bandy’s live-in girlfriend reported he had assaulted her, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies believed they had probable cause to arrest Bandy, but he refused to come out of the house.
Hostage negotiators spent two hours talking with Bandy, who said he would shoot deputies if they came into the house, the sheriff’s office said. Bandy, 45, began firing from the front of the house toward the street.
Deputies returned fire in the second round of shots, wounding Bandy, who later died at Harborview Medical Center.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office recommended the inquest after reviewing materials from the sheriff’s office, which conducted the investigation.
Inquests are fact-finding hearings before a six-member jury to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency in King County. Jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.