Four Kent police officers involved in shooting identified


A man armed with a machete was shot and killed by Kent police early Thursday morning. Four Kent city police officers have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Emily Mills

Four Kent police officers involved in Thursday’s shooting of a man armed with a machete have been identified.

Officers Benjamin Darrah, Dominic Poe, Michael Carnahan and Sean Driscoll have been placed on paid leave during the investigation.

Douglas Yon, 25, was armed with a machete and refused to leave his cousin Shauna Yon’s residence at 626 Virginia Ave. in Kent on Thursday.

Yon could be heard on the 911 call saying if police arrived, he would run at officers and make them shoot him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Many details remain unknown about the incident, including how many officers fired their weapons, how far away Yon was from officers, the number of shots fired and why Tasers were not used.

“The officers had been involved in a tragic, traumatic incident, and we didn’t want to start asking questions immediately after the incident.”

Lee defended her officers’ actions.

“I stand behind my officers,” Lee said. “The officers did what they had to do to protect themselves.”

The last officer-involved shooting in Kent was in 1992.

Kent police officers do not have body cameras. The departments’ vehicles are equipped with dash cameras, but the cruiser was not parked facing the scene.

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