LACEY, WA – Michael Anthony Rude, 22, of Kent, was identified as the man who was fatally shot early Sunday morning by a Washington State Patrol trooper after attempting ‘suicide by cop’; according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office. He was a reservist in the Washington National Guard.
Rude called 911 as he was driving on State Route 167 in King County at 6:13 am Sunday morning near and said to dispatchers that he wanted police to shoot him and that he had a knife and he would charge any police officer who came near him.
Rude was located by State Troopers near Joint Base Lewis-McChord at milepost 120, and he was stopped near milepost 110 on I-5 at Carpenter Road in Lacey, according to a press release by the Washington State Patrol.
Steven Davis, 42, said he was headed to work in Olympia when the driver who was in a dark vehicle passed him on I-5 in DuPont.
“I was doing 70, and I’m in the left lane, and I see this black car come barreling,” said Davis, who also gave a statement to investigators. “He passed everyone on the right. …Over 100 (mph), easily.”
“You hear them say, ‘Don’t do it don’t do it, drop it, drop it,’” Davis told The Olympian.
Davis said he heard the shooting, and watched the troopers’ response afterward. He described it as quick and compassionate.
“The state trooper was pumping on his chest,” Davis said. “And the state trooper was like, ‘C’mon buddy!’ I don’t think the trooper wanted that guy to die.”
Michael Wilson, 34, of Spanaway said he was on his way to work for OG Farms in Shelton when he drove by the scene.
Wilson said he saw the shooting victim’s car when he got on the freeway at Thorne Lane.
He said he didn’t see troopers on I-5 until Marvin Road. At the scene, he said he saw five or six cars surrounding one car. He said he heard the shooting.
“They double tapped him to his chest,” Wilson said. “They shot him twice. …Right after the shots were fired, I hit the record button.”
Wilson’s video shows troopers approaching the vehicle, one with a firearm drawn. CPR had not been initiated, at that point, he said.
The trooper is an 18-year veteran with the Washington State Patrol, State Patrol PIO Brooke Bova said.
“He’s on administrative leave at this time,” she said.
The Thurston County Critical Incident Investigation Team, led by the Olympia Police Department, is handling the investigation.