Published 10:21 am, Saturday, July 8, 2017
Traffic was backed up more than 7 miles on southbound Interstate 5 near Lacey Saturday morning after Washington State Patrol troopers fatally shot a man during a traffic stop that began with an early morning 911 call.
Two lanes of traffic were moving slowly southbound — one on the shoulder and one on the roadway — and northbound lanes were still open.
An investigation was just getting started around 10 a.m. and was expected to take at least a couple hours, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova.
Bova said troopers first received a 911 call at about 6:15 a.m. Saturday from a man who was suicidal and asking for “suicide by cop.” At that time, the man was near state Route 167 in King County.
Troopers first spotted the man driving southbound on I-5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord and pulled him over several miles farther south, near Carpenter Road just outside Lacey, Bova said.
Once stopped, the man got out of his vehicle with a knife, threatening the troopers, she said.
Troopers shot the man, and despite attempts by paramedics to revive him, he died at the scene, Bova said.
Thurston County’s Critical Investigations team was leading the investigation, she said.
2 lanes are open on southbound I-5 near Carpenter Rd. Delays are still rough through the area.
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Traffic on southbound I-5 was moving slowly and the backup was expected to grow before it got smaller, said Shari King, spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
“We are looking at several hours of delays and detours,” she said.