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Kids in house as man murdered

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

A Federal Way man was shot and killed at his home after several men forced their way in Wednesday night, according to police.

A 9-1-1 call was made at around 10:44 p.m. that a man was being held at gunpoint in a home in the 28000 block of 22nd Avenue South. When Federal Way Police officers arrived three minutes later, they found the man dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Authorities estimate he was in his mid to late-20s.

There were three children under the age of 6 in the home and the deceased was their father, said police spokeswoman Stacey Flores. His identity hadn't been released Thursday because the King County medical examiner hadn't notified the next of kin. An autopsy was planned.

A woman in the home witnessed the attack and is the mother of the children.

The four weren't hurt and are staying with relatives, police said.

Police didn't know why the men broke into the home or shot the man, although a press release called the incident a robbery. Flores said the victim didn't have a criminal record, and the neighborhood is considered a quiet spot by local law enforcement.

Investigators were talking to neighbors and the woman about what happened.

It wasn't clear how long the men –– believed to be four or five –– were in the home before the emergency call was made, Flores said.

Police anyone with information about the incident can call the police Tipline at 835–6799.

This is the third homicide in Federal Way this year. On Jan. 18 at the Camelot Square mobile home park, a man was shot in the stomach and died from the wound. There also was a fatal shooting at the Empire Garden Apartments on Feb. 21.

A man was shot in the face Feb. 10 on South 288th Street. He survived.

Flores said the Police Department's crime analyst is looking at the cases to determine if there is a correlation.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@fedwaymirror.com

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