2 King County Sheriff’s deputies fired guns in May 4 fatal shooting, investigators say

Cicero Sanchez, 31, was shot and killed at the scene on May 4; none of the deputies were injured.

Two sheriff’s deputies fired their weapons during the May 4 shooting in Federal Way, killing a 31-year-old man, according to new information released by investigators on July 14.

Around 10:20 a.m. May 4 near the Federal Way library, a detective unit with the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) attempted to arrest Cicero Sanchez for a prior felony assault with a firearm incident, according to the Valley Independent Investigative Team (VIIT).

As Sanchez fled the scene, officials say he struck occupied patrol vehicles, the Mirror previously reported. Deputies pursued Sanchez until stopping him near South 317th Street and 28th Avenue South close to the entrance to I-5, according to VIIT.

Investigators said deputies attempted to place Sanchez in custody they encountered a “lethal threat and responded with lethal force.” The July 14 update states two deputies fired their service weapons during the shooting, killing Sanchez.

Sanchez died at the scene; the King County Medical Examiner’s Office later said he died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death as a homicide. None of the deputies were injured.

On May 11, VIIT stated the lethal threat encountered by the KCSO tactical team involved a firearm. Investigators did not provide any details as to who was holding the firearm, where the firearm was located or if deputies had been shot at.

When asked where investigators found the “lethal threat” firearm, Cmdr. Shaun Feero with the Auburn Police Department — the agency investigating the fatal shooting — said investigators do not yet have access to the compelled statements made by the involved or witness deputies as of July 14.

The King County Sheriff’s Office declined to provide information on if any of the involved deputies were placed on leave as a result of this shooting. The Mirror has filed a records request seeking this information.

Investigators have not released any information on how many times Sanchez was struck by gunfire. The July 14 update stated the investigators are waiting for the medical examiner’s autopsy and toxicology reports.

Court records show Sanchez has prior criminal charges for stealing vehicles and eluding police.

Spokespeople for Federal Way and Auburn police departments previously said there is no body worn camera footage of the incident.

Auburn Police Department is the lead agency from the VIIT conducting the investigation into the fatal shooting. VIIT is a multi-agency law enforcement oversight team tasked with investigating officer-involved incidents.