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Deputy is driving again after fatal clash

t Case involving victim from FWay still under review

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

Investigators have concluded their probe of a June 10 fatal accident between a King County Sheriff deputy, who is back to work, and a Federal Way man.

Christopher Dodge was riding a motorcycle when it and a patrol car driven by the deputy collided at the bottom of Exit 27/Winery Road off Interstate 90. Dodge died June 12 from injuries in the accident. He is survived by a daughter, his fiancee and their unborn child.

John Urquhart, spokesman for the Sheriff Department, said the agency forwarded the investigation results to its internal investigations unit and County Executive Ron Sims. The internal investigation will determine if any administrative action should be taken.

Sims will decide whether to call for an inquest after the county’s prosecuting attorney reviews the case. If it appears a civilian was killed by a law enforcement officer, an inquest can be called to review the evidence surrounding the death.

The deputy, who was on duty and driving a marked patrol car, claims to not remember what happened because he hit his head in the accident, according to Urquhart.

Urquhart said the deputy is back on patrol duty.

The Sheriff Department conducts its own investigations involving its officers because the agency is large enough to do it fairly, Urquhart said.

Smaller police agencies have another law enforcement organization investigate deaths involving their officers.

For example, the Federal Way Police Department had the Auburn Police Department investigate a May 29 incident in which a man two Federal Way officers were apprehending on a street for suspicion of mail theft was shot after he apparently pulled out a gun during a struggle and pointed it at them. The officers shot him several times.

The man survived and the officers were cleared by authorities of any wrongdoing.

Since the suspect didn’t die, there wasn’t an inquest.

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

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