- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2020

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) - The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a 22-year-old man shot and killed by two King County Sheriff’s deputies in Woodinville on Monday.

The Seattle Times reports Ronny Dunning died from a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the office. Homicide is defined as the action of a person that directly causes the death of another.

Court records show Dunning’s last known address is in Renton, and public records indicate he may have relatives in Woodinville.

One family member reached by phone Wednesday declined to speak to The Seattle Times. Dunning struggled with depression, addiction and other mental-health issues, court records indicate.

In 2018, he was involuntarily committed to a mental-health hospital in Tukwila, where he repeatedly punched another patient in the face, fracturing the man’s orbital bone and was charged with second-degree assault, court records say. Days later, he was arrested for assaulting a family member and was charged with second-degree assault domestic violence, according to court records.



Then 20, Dunning was initially found not competent to stand trial and was sent to Western State Hospital for 90 days before accepting a plea deal and pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault, court records show. He spent eight months in custody before he was sentenced in November 2018 to time served and 12 months of probation, say court records.

According to a mental-health evaluation performed by a Western State Hospital psychologist that’s included in court records, Dunning likely had an intellectual delay and a neurocognitive disorder related to possible head trauma.

On Monday, two King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call, outside the Beaumont Apartments, sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Meyer said at the time.

The deputies spotted a man with a case slung over his shoulder and attempted to talk to him; that’s when Meyer said the man pulled out a gun and fired at the deputies, who returned fire. The man identified as Dunning died at the scene.

Both deputies were hit by gunfire and were treated and released from hospitals Monday evening, according to Meyer.

Woodinville is one of 10 cities that contract the Sheriff’s Office for police services.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is leading the investigation into the incident.

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