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In brief: One killed, one injured in separate police shootings

Police officers on Washington’s West Side shot two men in separate incidents Sunday, one of them fatally.

Lakewood police killed a 32-year-old man during a confrontation. No officers were injured.

Lakewood police Lt. Dave Guttu said investigators were trying to determine what led up to the shooting, reported about 1 a.m. Sunday. He said the man had been attending a gathering nearby.

Four officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is routine in an officer-involved shooting.

In Seattle, homicide detectives shot a man they suspected was involved in the Saturday death of an elderly storage-facility worker.

Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the man attacked detectives after they confronted him Sunday and police were forced to shoot him. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. His condition was not immediately known.

Jamieson said detectives were investigating the brutal attack on the public storage facility worker when they encountered the suspect in Belltown on Sunday afternoon. Police say the suspect had been using the worker’s credit cards at stores around Seattle, and detectives had video footage and photographs of him.

Fire ousts family from home

Smoke and water damage from a weekend fire has forced a family to leave their Rockwood-area home.

An electrical problem is blamed for sparking the fire Saturday evening at 1717 S. Upper Terrace. County records show the home is owned by Leslie and Carolyn Stephens.

Firefighters estimate the attic fire caused about $20,000 in damage.

The cause is being investigated by the Spokane Fire Department.

No one was hurt.

White died of heart ailment

ELLENSBURG – A coroner says Washington state Sen. Scott White died over the weekend of a cardiac problem.

Kittitas County Deputy Coroner Paul R. Sander said Sunday night that an autopsy and investigation showed the problem was linked to a previously undiagnosed enlarged heart.

The 41-year-old politician was found dead Friday at a Washington resort hotel where he was attending a conference.


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