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Investigation continues after Kent police shoot saw-wielding man

The Auburn Police Department released new details regarding a shooting by the Kent Police Department that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old man.

The Auburn Police Department currently leads the Valley Independent Investigative Team investigation of the incident.

Kent police killed Dylan Wallace on April 18 after dispatching to the 12200 block of Southeast 259th Place for a report of a verbal dispute.

A news release on April 26 from the Auburn Police Department confirmed officers shot Wallace, calling the incident an “officer involved shooting ... resulting in the death of ... Wallace.”

Wallace died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to the Auburn Police Department, Kent patrol officers responded to a home in Kent after a woman called to report her roommate, Wallace, refused to leave the residence. The woman described Wallace as intoxicated and acting erratically, ingesting and pouring gasoline on himself.

According to the department, the man armed himself with a Ryobi circular saw after officers contacted him. Officers attempted de-escalation tactics and less lethal measures, distancing themselves from the man.

According to the April 26 news release, Wallace actively squeezed the trigger on the saw, resulting in the blade spinning as he advanced on officers.

Officers used lethal force after the man advanced on the officers with the saw, according to the previous news release.

Both news releases provide no specific details regarding what de-escalation tactics and less lethal measures officers used, nor any details regarding the shooting itself.

Wallace died at the scene after first responders attempted lifesaving measures, according to the previous news release.

Investigators await autopsy, toxicology and ballistics results from the crime lab.

The Valley Independent Investigative Team serves as a seven-agency investigative unit of police departments from Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, the Port of Seattle, Tukwila and Renton tasked with investigating officer-involved shootings. As the April 18 shooting involved Kent patrol officers, the team has excluded all Kent Police Department staff from participating in the investigation.


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