Valley Investigative Team probes police-involved shooting

The Valley Investigative Team is examining the Oct. 30 police-involved shooting in Federal Way that left an armed suspect dead.

Robert James Lightfeather, 33, died of multiple gun shot wounds, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Nov. 2.

The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at South 316th Street and Pacific Highway South outside the Elephant Car Wash. Federal Way police responded to a 911 caller who reported seeing a man pointing a gun at two men.

When officers arrived, Lightfeather pointed the weapon at them, and both officers fired at the same time, according to Federal Way police.

The two officers – one a three-year law enforcement veteran and the other who has five years’ experience – were placed on administrative leave per department policy. They were both cleared to return to duty on Tuesday, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said in an email.

The Valley Investigative Team is made up of administrators and detectives from the Auburn, Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Des Moines, Tukwila and Port of Seattle police departments.

“Our detectives are processing witness statements and items of evidentiary value to reconstruct the sequence of events that unfolded,” Kent police spokesman Jarod Kasner said in an email on Monday.

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