SPD Detective, DOC Specialist Shoot Suspect During Joint Task Force Investigation in Des Moines

Update – 10/29/21

Detectives have released the available video in the ongoing shooting investigation.

In the video, you can see plainclothes officers pull up to arrest the suspect at a gas station. Out of view of the camera, the suspect fires a single round before he flees through the parking lot with officers chasing him. As the suspect attempts to enter a grocery store, officers open fire striking the man. As the suspect falls to the ground he drops his firearm.

Suspects brown and black handgun
The suspect’s firearm recovered at the scene

Detectives with the Force Investigations Team continue to investigate and will release additional information as it becomes available.

The Seattle Police Department is also releasing the name of the SPD detective involved in this shooting: Detective Matthew Lilje. He has been with the department for 18 years.


Original: 10/27/21

A Seattle Police detective and a Washington State Department of Corrections specialist shot and wounded a man on Wednesday while attempting to arrest him on a felony warrant in Des Moines, Washington.

Around 3:30 p.m., members of the US Marshals Taskforce—which includes officers from SPD and other regional jurisdictions—had received information the suspect, who was wanted for first-degree kidnapping, was in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway.

When task force members attempted to contact the man near a gas station in the area, he drew a gun. One SPD officer and one Washington State DOC specialist fired, striking the man.

Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. No one else was injured in the incident.

Police recovered a handgun at the scene.

Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability, the Office of Inspector General and the SPD Force Investigation Team responded to the scene. The SPD officer will be placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with SPD policy while the investigation is ongoing.