Homicide investigation leads to shooting in
January 28, 2017
Updated 6:20 am with new information
(DES MOINES, WA.) -- King County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened late last night as deputies tried to contact a man in connection with a homicide earlier this week.
Detectives received information that a man believed to be connected to the Beaver Lake Park homicide in Sammamish early this week was in an apartment in the 21600 block of 29th Avenue South in the City of Des Moines.
"Sheriff’s deputies and detectives were outside of the apartment when the suspect and another man exited. When the men saw the deputies they both pulled handguns," said Sergeant Cindi West, of the King County Sheriff's Office. "Three deputies fired striking one of the men. The other man fled the area on foot and discarded his gun as he ran. It is unclear at this time if either of the men fired their weapon."
The injured man was taken to Harborview and is in critical condition. A K-9 team attempted to locate the outstanding suspect but he was initially not located. While the investigation at the scene was ongoing police learned the outstanding suspect was hiding in a nearby apartment.
A SWAT team responded to the location and ordered the man out of the apartment. He came out just after 5 am this morning and was taken into custody without incident. Detectives have not said what involvement he may have had in the Beaver Lake homicide. He is a 16 year old from Kent, Washington.
The deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave which is routine in officer involved shootings. All three deputies are veteran officers, according to Sgt. West.
Their names will be withheld until next week, which is standard in officer involved shootings.
The killing at Beaver Lake Park
The son of a veteran Seattle police officer was killed in an incident that occurred around 2:30 pm Wednesday at Beaver Lake Park in the city of Sammamish.
Sammamish is a city of 52,000 in King County located on a plateau. The city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.
The King County Sheriff's office released a statement saying that just after 2:30 Wednesday afternoon police received a call of a shooting at Beaver Lake Park in the 2500 block of 244 Ave SE.
When police arrived, they found a man on the ground in the parking lot that had been run over by a car. The man, the son of the SPD officer, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Broadcast media reports have since identified the victim as 22-year old Mo Radcliffe.
Police learned Radcliffe and his girlfriend were walking their dog in the park when they saw someone breaking into their car. Radcliffe ran to his car and confronted the suspect who got into another vehicle and then tried to run him over. Radcliffe fired shots at the suspect vehicle but was struck and killed when the vehicle hit him.
The suspect vehicle was described as a gold or tan SUV.