Man killed by sheriff's deputies in Auburn identified

Multiple shots fired during May 24 eviction

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a man killed as a result of a deputy-involved shooting in Auburn on May 24 that involved both the King County Sheriff’s Office and Auburn Police Department.

According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, 48-year-old Michael Aaron Vaughn died in Auburn as a result of multiple gunshot wounds received at a residence in the city. The medical examiner’s office identified Vaughn’s death as a homicide.

The Valley Independent Investigative Team, a multi-agency team that investigates incidents involving police, has assumed responsibility for investigation into the death.

According to a previous release from the Des Moines Police Department — serving as the investigative lead of the Valley Independent Investigative Team’s investigation of the incident — the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Des Moines Police Department issued an update on May 30 stating the team received both video from a SWAT vehicle and officer body-worn cameras and have started analyzing the footage.

According to a previous news release, the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Auburn Police Department responded at about 11 a.m. May 24 at 24 Auburn Way South in Auburn to serve a high risk civil eviction order. Kolby Crossley, public information officer for the Auburn Police Department, said the department served to assist in shutting down the road for the King County Sheriff’s Office and participated in no further capacity in the incident.

According to the previous release, deputies contacted Vaughn within minutes of arriving at the location, “which led to them utilizing deadly force.” First responders pronounced Vaughn deceased at the scene.

Six sheriff’s office deputies involved in the incident have all been placed on administrative leave.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentnews.us.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://kentnews.us/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Northwest

Renton community safety forum targets crime stats, domestic violence

Renton Police chief says when he first started it was rare to have a firearm incident on the street

Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times / Pool
Jeffrey Nelson at his trial May 16.
Jurors continue to hear testimony in murder case against Auburn officer

Jeffrey Nelson is the first officer in Washington to face a murder charge following the passage of I-940.

Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. FILE PHOTO
Maple Valley day care employee charged with sex offenses

Federal Way man was employed at Discovery Playtown

Man killed by sheriff's deputies in Auburn identified

Multiple shots fired during May 24 eviction

Chris Reykdal
State superintendent of schools says student privacy won't diminish

Chris Reykdal: Federal protections for privacy remain despite state’s new parental bill of rights

State Capitol in Olympia. FILE PHOTO
Hundreds of new laws will take effect in state June 6

Legislature approved changes in police pursuits, parental rights, firearms and other laws

Renton Police seek suspects in homicide outside restaurant | Photos

19-year-old man shot May 18 in the 100 block of Airport Way

Photo Courtesy of Ivonne Carillo-Hernandez
Reyna Hernandez (left) with her mother.
Extradition efforts continue in case of murdered Renton salon owner

Louie Hernandez, 61, remains in custody of Mexican law enforcement officials

Men serving halal food on Eid Mubarak 2024. Photo By Joshua Solorzano/Federal Way Mirror
Washington state passes Halal Food Consumer Protection Act

Federal Way Muslim activist details how this bill came about and why it is important

Head-on collision kills 31-year-old woman in Auburn

The fatal collision occurred May 11 in the area of I Street Northeast in north Auburn.

A screenshot of King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn speaking about a proposed amendment for the proposed $20 minimum wage ordinance. (Screenshot)
King County approves $20.29 minimum wage for unincorporated areas

Councilmember Reagan Dunn and more than a dozen business owners argued tips and health care expenses should be a part of the new wage. The council passed the ordinance without the amendment.