Auburn Police shoot, kill knife-wielding man following domestic dispute

An Auburn Police Officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man who fought two officers following a domestic dispute early Monday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Pierce County Medical Examiner identified the dead man as Enosa Strickland Jr., 26, and the cause of his death as a gunshot wound to the head.

Police, responding to a 12:47 a.m. call of a verbal domestic dispute at the Palermo At Lakeland apartments on Lindsey Avenue Southeast near Lake Tapps Parkway East, contacted Strickland in the parking lot. A physical altercation ensued between the officers and Strickland, whodisplayed a knife during the fight, police said.After police ordered Strickland several times to drop the knife, an officer shot him, and he died at the scene, police said.

The involved officers were not injured. They were placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

The Valley Investigations Team is handling the investigation.

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ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
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