Police: Transit deputy kills man reaching for rifle

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a transit deputy fatally shot a man who reached for a rifle when approached in his vehicle in the Seattle suburb of Kent.

News outlets report the deputy was on patrol and running license plates on the first floor of a five-story garage Thursday morning at Kent Station when he identified a stolen vehicle.

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott says when the deputy approached the driver of the vehicle the man reached for a rifle.

Abbot says the deputy then fired at him.

Abbott says the man died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Abbott says two other people in the vehicle ran but were captured by Kent police officers nearby.

Abbott says a rifle was found at the scene.

Authorities are investigating.