Deputies fatally shoot armed woman on tribal land

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AUBURN, Wash. (KCPQ) -- Two deputies opened fire Friday night and killed a possibly suicidal 23-year-old woman who was armed with a handgun and had two young children with her in a home on Muckleshoot tribal land, the King County Sheriff's Office said.

Sgt. Cindi West said the officers were responding to calls of a suicidal woman armed with a rifle at a home in the 15800 block of 382nd Street SE. Two deputies arrived and knocked on the door of the home several times but no one answered, but they could see two young children in the home, West said.

The officers entered the home as a welfare check and found the woman inside armed with a handgun, West said. Both officers opened fire, killing the woman, she added.

"I don't know what led up to the shooting," West said, adding that the two officers were being questioned by detectives.

The two children, described as being age 2 and 4, were uninjured, West said.

The two officers, one an eight-year veteran and the other a three-year veteran, were placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation into the shooting.

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