The deputy saw the suspect walking stealthily with a rifle pointed at police
ENUMCLAW, Wash. — A deputy wearing night vision goggles stopped an attempted ambush on officers when he saw the suspect approaching police with a rifle.
Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance Tuesday after a woman said her boyfriend hit her and her son, KOMO reported. She said the boyfriend locked himself in a room where they kept guns.
The woman and her two children exited the home safely, but the man stayed inside the home and turned the lights out.
A deputy wearing night vision goggles saw the man walking through the darkness with a rifle aimed at deputies. Police ordered the suspect to drop his weapon several times. He was shot and seriously wounded when he refused.
The suspect is expected to survive and is being treated at a hospital. No deputies were injured. The woman sustained a back and leg injury during the disturbance. The children were uninjured.
An investigation is ongoing.
King County deputies shoot man after domestic disturbance in Enumclaw SE 472nd. Man should survive pic.twitter.com/Ff8FqrH7Bx
— Carleen Johnson (@CarleenOnKOMO) August 29, 2017
Night vision goggles are extremely useful to police officers, but often cost-prohibitive to most agencies. They take existing ambient life, whether it’s starlight, moonlight, or infra-red light, through the lens, making objects visible which would not be able to be seen with the naked eye.
Often agencies will apply for grants just to have one or two pairs for their officers to share.
Good job, deputy.