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May 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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Knife-wielding man fatally shot by Auburn police

Posted by John de Leon

A 47-year-old man was shot and killed by an Auburn police officer Saturday night after he threatened the officer with a knife, according to Kent police.

The man, from Auburn, was shot following a traffic stop at 10:22 p.m. in the 1400 block of Harvey Road Northeast.

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According to the Kent Police Department, which is investigating the shooting, the Auburn officer pulled over a red Honda coupe for a traffic violation. Moments later, the driver got out of car and confronted the officer with a knife. The officer fired his handgun, striking the man.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene before he was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where he died a short time later, Kent police said.

A female passenger in the Honda was not injured. Police say she is cooperating with investigators.

The name of the dead man has not been released.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, which is routine following police shootings.

This the second fatal officer-involved shooting in the region since Wednesday, when Kent police killed a man they say threatened officers with a rifle or shotgun. The man has been identified as Robert Raucci, 58, a terminally ill Vietnam veteran. Federal Way police are investigating that shooting.

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