Sammamish PD Deputy Unharmed After Being Shot At During Routine Welfare Check

Release Date: July 10, 2020

Statement on the incident from the King County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page:

Terrifying situation in Sammamish late last night.

A simple, routine welfare check turned in to a near death experience for a Sammamish Police Officer. Sammamish PD, a King County Sheriff's Office contract city, was dispatched to the 26900 BLK SE 22 WY, in Sammamish after a neighbor notice the garage door had been left open at the residence.

The neighbor had knocked on the door of the home, to alert the homeowner, but received no answer. At 11:40 PM the deputy arrived on-scene to see if he could make contact with the homeowner. After the deputy knocked on the front door, a male opened it and immediately pointed a handgun toward the deputy and fired a round, narrowly missing the deputy.

At 11:44 PM, the deputy advised dispatch that someone inside the house had just fired a weapon at the deputy. The deputy acted quickly and created distance between him and the armed homeowner. The Deputy waited until several of his partners arrived and they were able to arrest the homeowner, a 68 year old, without further incident.

King County Major Crimes Detectives responded to investigate.

The deputy is understandably shaken and taking a few days off. This call illustrates how unpredictable a seemingly simple call, in this case about an open garage door, can be. We are thankful neither the deputy or homeowner were hurt. The homeowner was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault 1st degree.