One dead after shooting in Poulsbo

Law enforcement personnel stand outside of Les Schwab Tire Center in Poulsbo following an officer-involved shooting, which left one man dead Wednesday night. - Kipp Robertson/ Herald
Law enforcement personnel stand outside of Les Schwab Tire Center in Poulsbo following an officer-involved shooting, which left one man dead Wednesday night.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

POULSBO — A man died after an officer-involved shooting at the Poulsbo Les Schwab Feb.8.

Three responding Poulsbo police officers are now on administrative leave after the shooting, which left a "young male" dead at the scene, according to Kitsap Sheriff spokesperson Scott Wilson.

The temporary loss of three officers has a “huge impact for our agency,” said Poulsbo Deputy Chief Wendy Davis. The department has 14 officers, and Davis said Bainbridge Island, Suquamish and Kitsap County have offered to help with 911 responses as needed.

Law enforcement received multiple calls at approximately 5:44 p.m., which included seeing a man with a gun and hearing multiple gun shots in the area of Edvard Street and Viking Avenue.

Wilson said it is too early in the investigation to tell how many shots were fired. Though police are on administrative — paid — leave, there were no confirmations police killed the man. And while it "seems to be the obvious answer" that the gunman was the man killed, that could also not be confirmed.

The business was open at the time. Wilson said he could not say if there were employees or customers inside the building during the shooting, "only because I have not been told exactly how many were inside, outside or in adjacent properties."

Following the shooting, the man was not transported from the scene after law enforcement attempted to save his life, Wilson said.

There are no other reported injuries.

The coroner will confirm the identity of the deceased man and will notify next-of-kin, before the identity becomes public.

Detectives were at the scene soon after to begin investigating. It is unclear how long the investigation will take, which will include watching video surveillance from surrounding businesses and interviewing witnesses.

“We appreciate their support,” Davis said of the other agencies. “We’re making the best out of a difficult time.”

Subway employee Melissa Johnson said she heard shouting before two gun shots went off. After officers arrived, she heard eight more shots.

"It was like fireworks," said a woman who identified herself as Lola, who was pumping gas at the Shell gas station near Les Schwab.

While responding to the shooting at Les Schwab, a county deputy was involved in a two-car collision on Hansville Road. The collision was reported at 5:55 p.m. at the 20000 block of Hansville Road, near NE Evening Star Lane. Emergency crews found the patrol car on the southbound shoulder. It crashed into a large utility pole after colliding with a Chevrolet Malibu, according to a press release. The pole was leaning over the road, with live wires strewn about.

Nobody was injured in the collision, including a 1-year-old passenger in the Malibu.

—Check back for updates.

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