Violent night in South King County as city mayors grapple with rising violence

Law enforcement are investigating several violent incidents that occurred in the South Sound on Wednesday.

Around 2:30 p.m., Auburn police were called to a home for reports of a roommate dispute that turned violent. One roommate shot the other, killing him. The roommate who fired the shots has been taken into custody. 

In Renton around 7 p.m., two people who were acquainted with each other got into a fight while in a car. The woman was shot in the stomach and has serious injuries. The suspect drove off with her in the car, saw an ambulance nearby and pulled over and dropped her off at the ambulance, police said. He later went back to the scene and spoke to officers and the suspect is in custody. 

Then, at 8:12 p.m., Des Moines police responded to a stabbing in the 21500 block of 12th Ave S. Police say there was an argument between a brother and sister, and the sister stabbed her brother in the chest. The brother was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he is in critical condition. 

Police are still investigating their respective incidents. 

South King County mayors call for accountability following recent rise in gun violence

City leaders in South King County are now calling for action and taking a regional approach to address the rise in crime.

These three incidents come just two weeks after the Federal Way mayor called on a handful of South Sound mayors to meet and address the rise in violence in each city. 

The Mayors of Auburn, Kent, Renton, Tukwila and Federal Way were supposed to meet with King County Executive Dow Constantine, the King County Prosecutor, the King County Adult and Juvenile Detention and law enforcement to come up with a coordinated safety plan to hold criminals accountable.

All the aforementioned cities have seen an uptick in violence over the last several months. 

Des Moines police confirmed to FOX 13 News that the meeting did happen. There were about 50 participants from Des Moines PD, Federal Way PD, Kent PD, Renton PD, King County Sheriff, WA State Dept. of Corrections, Secret Service, Homeland Security, Bellevue PD, King County Prosecutor’s Office, SeaTac PD, Washington State Patrol, FBI, ATF, DEA and the Washington State Fusion Center.

"The meeting lasted about two hours and some really solid ideas were established to address the violence in south King County," police said. 

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