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COMMUNITY | Stroller Strides program delivers workout for moms [25]

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OPINION | Prop 1 proponents, stop blaming county residents for your failure [4] The private lives of public officials [4] BLOTTER | Children call police after being left alone for hours [11] BUSINESS | Local business celebrates traditional Sottish weaponry [10]

SPORTS | TJ striker has always had a FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 | 75¢ nose for the goal [8]

Farmers Market to open at new location

Market will also open new Wednesday afternoon market at new park in July BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

Rose Ehl recalled watching the peach juice drip down a girl’s chin while she ate a peach at the Federal Way Farmers Market. The girl’s mother brought her to the market each week to buy produce using her Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) vouchers. “It was so touching that the girl said, ‘I just love coming here and getting my fresh peach each week,’” said Ehl, who has been the market’s events director since it started. This is just one of the many reasons why Ehl said the market is more than a farmers market — it’s a community market. This year, the market will kick off its 11th season on Saturday, May [ more MARKET page 2 ]

CALENDAR | Mother’s Day, gardens and cooking classes [9]

Police investigate shooting fatality at apartments FROM STAFF REPORTS


he Federal Way Police Department (FWPD) is investigating the shooting death of a man described as a “black male (in his) 20s”

in the parking lot of the Silver Shadow Apartments, which are in the 27600 block of Pacific Highway South. According to police, they were originally responding to reports of an illegal discharge of a fire-

Officers awarded Medal of Valor

arm around 9:30 p.m. on May 7, when they received further reports that there was a victim. The victim succumbed to his injuries before medics could transport him to a hospital. According to informa-

tion from FWPD, detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the scene and are working the investigation. Police have no suspects as of this writing, and will release further information pend-

ing any new developments. Police are asking anyone with information related to the incident to call the Tip Line 253-835-6799 or “Submit an Anonymous Tip”.

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Lieutenant, officers recognized for responding to deadly shootings BY GREG ALLMAIN

Eleven officers from the Federal Way Police Department (FWPD) were awarded a Medal of Valor on Tuesday night during the Federal Way City Council meeting, for their response to the deadly shootings at the Pinewood Apartments last year. The officers awarded the medal were: Lieutenant Kurt Schwan, and officers Kyle Buchanan, John Buster, Shaun Daniels, Kris Durell, Daniel Graf, Joseph Mehline, Scott Orta, Keith Schmidt, Carl VanDyke and Nicholas Wong. FWPD Chief Andy Hwang recounted their actions on that deadly night, saying they responded with bravery and that they likely saved additional lives. “On April 21, 2013, about 9:35 p.m., officers from the Federal Way Police Department were dispatched to the Pinewood Apartment complex. Numerous 911 callers reported hearing gunfire and seeing people wounded in the parking lot,” Hwang said. “During the 911 calls, the ValleyCom call receivers reported hearing gun fire in the background, as they were speaking

From left, Deputy Chief of Police Kyle Sumpter, Chief of Police Andy Hwang, Federal Way Council members Dini Duclos, Kelly Maloney, Susan Honda, Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Councilman Bob Celski at the ribbon cutting of the new downtown police substation that opened on May 7. For more, see the Mayor’s Memo on page 12. RAECHEL DAWSON, The Mirror to the reporting parties. This was turn the shotgun in the direction of an active shooter incident.” the officers, requiring the officers to Hwang said that fire their weapBuchanan, Wong, ons.” Schmidt and Durell Clark was were the first four wounded by the officers on scene, first barrage of and confronted “an police gunfire, assailant emerging and “stumbled from the stairwell of into the parking one of the apartment lot, but continued buildings armed with to move around,” a 12-gauge shotgun.” Police Chief Andy Hwang Hwang said. When confronted by The first four police, the suspect, officers were then later identified as Dennis Clark III, joined by the remaining seven of“refused to comply with commands ficers, at which time they all began to drop the firearm and began to moving towards Clark to begin the

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process of detaining him. Clark continued to move around and refuse officer commands, and was ultimately killed by police when he did not cease in his attempts to reach for a handgun that was near him in the parking lot. “He refused to comply with the commands, and lunged towards the gun,” Hwang recalled. “Officers were forced to fire on the suspect again, ending the threat.” “Without hesitation, these officers performed as they had been trained. Their actions involved extreme risk to their own lives [ more MEDAL page 17]

Federal Way Mirror, May 09, 2014  

May 09, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, May 09, 2014  

May 09, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror