Officer-involved fatal shooting under investigation

Subject reportedly was in a rage, throwing items, hitting and kicking things

An Auburn Police officer shot and killed a hostile man after he resisted arrest and fought the officer outside a north-end grocery store last Friday evening.

The man, who was in critical condition when he was transported to Harborview Medical Center, later died, police said. The officer also sustained injuries and was sent to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for treatment, police said.

On Wednesday, the King County Medical Examiner identifed the dead man as Jesse K. Sarey, 26, and his cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.

Police were dispatched to a report of a disorderly man in a tirade, throwing items at vehicles, hitting and kicking walls and other things. Police made contact with Sarey just before 6 p.m. in front of the Sunshine Grocery, 1402 Auburn Way N. The officer attempted to arrest Sarey for a crime and he resisted, leading to a physical altercation and the shooting, police said.

Investigators said the officer fired shots during the fight. The Valley Investigation Team worked the scene.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in cases like this.

This marks the second officer-involved shooting in Auburn in two weeks.

An Auburn Police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man who fought two officers following a domestic dispute at a Lakeland Hills apartment complex early Monday morning, May 20.

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ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
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