- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting by an Auburn police officer on Sept. 9.

An officer shot Travis Eugene Ell after responding to a 911 call on Pike Street Northeast, according to a Renton Police Department investigation.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommended the inquest after reviewing police reports.

An inquest is a fact-finding hearing conducted by a six-member jury to determine the circumstances of any death involving law enforcement.

KIRO-TV has reported (https://kiro.tv/2dLps9M ) that Auburn police responded to a report of someone breaking lights and windows in a parking lot. Police said the man threatened the officer before he was shot.

Family members told KIRO that Ell was a brilliant electrical engineer who had struggled with mental health issues.


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