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Aug. 1, 2011

Inquest ordered into shooting death of Anthony David Ourada by a King County Sheriff’s Deputy

Fact-finding hearing is routine to determine causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while in performance of duties

King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the shooting death of Anthony David Ourada by a King County Sheriff's Deputy on April 17, 2011. The 25-year old Burien man was fatally shot in a confrontation with police at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of South 112th Street.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed investigative materials from the King County Sheriff's Office.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Under a standing Executive Order they are routinely called to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of any law enforcement agency within King County while in the performance of his or her duties.

Inquests provide transparency into law enforcement actions so the public may have all the facts established in a court of law. The ordering of an inquest should carry no other implication. Inquest jurors answer a series of interrogatories to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case, and it is not their purpose to determine whether any person or agency is civilly or criminally liable.

The order signed by the Executive requests King County District Court Presiding Judge Barbara Linde to assign a judge to set a date and conduct the inquest.

The ordering of inquests is a function vested in the county executive under the King County Code.

Read the Executive Order on Conducting Inquests in King County at: www.kingcounty.gov/operations/policies/executive/publicaeo/phl711aeo