Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: July 08, 2017
Contact: Trooper Brooke Bova
Phone: (253) 606-1998
Twitter: @wspd1pio

Officer Involved Shooting in Thurston County

Lacey -- At 6:48 a.m. the Washington State Patrol was involved in an officer involved shooting this morning along southbound I-5 in Lacey. Troopers stopped the male driver of a black Dodge Charger at milepost 110 at Carpenter Road. The individual exited vehicle and advanced at troopers with a knife. A trooper discharged his weapon, striking the subject. The troopers immediately rendered first aid until medical personnel arrived. The subject died at the scene.

The incident began at 6:13 a.m. when the subject called 911 while he was driving along State Route 167 in King County. He told a dispatcher that he was distraught, suicidal and had a knife. He also indicated that he wanted to attack any police officer who pulled him over, that he was driving unsafely and at a high-rate of-speed.

The multi-agency Thurston County Critical Incident Investigation Team will handle the investigation with Olympia Police Department taking the lead. Several lanes of southbound I-5 were closed at milepost 110 while detectives completed their on-scene investigation into the incident.

The male trooper involved in the shooting is an 18 year veteran of the Washington State Patrol and has been placed on paid administrative leave as per normal procedure.

All media questions regarding the shooting investigation will be handled by the Olympia Police Department.