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Inquest ordered into fatal shooting at Cash and Carry food store in Tukwila

King County Executive Dow Constantine Monday ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of D’Angelo Davis by Tukwila police on Dec. 7.

An inquest is standard practice in any fatal shooting involving a law-enforcement officer.

Police surrounded the Cash and Carry wholesale food store on Andover Park East after receiving a report of an armed robbery in progress. Police say gunfire was exchanged when an armed man emerged, and Davis was killed, according to a county press release.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the Federal Way Police Department, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing Executive Order, inquests are convened  to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while performing of his or her duties, according to the county.

Tukwila officers surrounded the Cash and Carry store in the 200 block of Andover Park East at about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, after an employee inside the store called 911 to report a masked man armed with a pistol was attempting to rob the store, reported Officer Mike Murphy, a spokesman for the Tukwila Police Department, just after the incident.

As the man came out, still armed with a gun, shots were fired and the man was hit, according to Murphy. No officers or bystanders were injured.

Officers rendered first aid to the man until medics arrived; the man died at the scene.

Detectives from the Valley Investigation Team, a multi-agency team that investigates officer-involved shootings, investigated the shooting. The Tukwila officers were placed on administrative leave until  cleared to return to duty, which is standard procedure, according to Murphy. They have since returned to duty.

Inquests provide transparency into law enforcement actions so the public may have all the facts established in a court of law, according to the county release. The ordering of an inquest should carry no other implication, the release stated.

Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.

The order signed by Constantine requests King County District Court Presiding Judge Corinna Harn to assign a judge to set a date and conduct the inquest.

The ordering of inquests is a function vested in the county executive under the King County Code.

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