An Enumclaw woman was shot when she aimed a weapon at a SWAT officer during a stand-off yesterday, according to a release by Sgt. John Urquahart, spokesperson for the King County Sheriff’s Office.
She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident began about 1:50 p.m., when Sheriff’s deputies were called by neighbor to a house in the 37300 block of 244th Avenue Southeast.
According to the release, the woman who lived in the house was there breaking out windows.
A neighbor reportedly said the woman and her husband were having marital difficulties.
The release stated further that Sheriff deputies arrived and tried talking to the woman but she retreated to a back bedroom and fired off a shot from a shotgun. It was not known whom or what she was aiming at. Though there was no one else in the house, there were several weapons in addition to the shotgun, according to Urquhart.
The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and negotiators were called out and tried to talk to the woman. When she didn’t answer her cell phone, a “throw phone” was tossed into the house but the woman would not answer it.
At 5 p.m. deputies deployed a robot to search the house and communicate with the woman via the robot. However they were unable to find her.
At about 6:30 p.m. SWAT deputies began searching the house, but were still unable to locate the woman.
At 7:00 p.m., a deputy dropped down into the crawl space of the house and was confronted by the woman holding a shotgun.
Despite several commands to drop the weapon, according to the release, the woman aimed her shotgun at the deputy. The deputy fired and the woman was hit. She was taken by fire department personnel to a nearby area and life-flighted to Harborview.
The shooting will be reviewed by the Sheriff’s Office Shooting Review Board.