- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials have ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a man by Seattle police after the man allegedly rammed a patrol car on Interstate 5 and wielded a knife.

King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered the inquest Thursday into the death of 27-year-old Samuel Smith.

Fact-finding hearings in front of a jury are standard practice in the county to help determine the causes and circumstances of a death involving an officer while on duty.

Smith was killed July 17 when an officer reportedly approached him in his car and Smith got out and came at him with a large knife.

Police have said they believe Smith was driving a car earlier that morning that struck another officer’s car on the freeway. The officer wasn’t seriously injured and the suspect fled.

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