An inquest has been ordered into the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man by a Federal Way police officer on Jan. 13.
Police said Maksim Mayba, of Kent, was sitting in a parked car outside a Starbucks on Southwest Dash Point Road when officer Stacy Eckert saw what she believed to be a drug transaction and approached the vehicle.
The officer fired twice after the alleged driver, Gregory Barrager, did not show his hands as ordered and Mayba allegedly reached under the seat. After the shooting, Barrager drove away and police later found the car abandoned with Mayba’s body inside.
Heroin was also found in the vehicle, along with prescription drugs and hypodermic needles. Barrager was charged with drug possession and attempting to elude police.
Eckert has been with Federal Way police for nine years.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after reviewing the investigation, which was conducted by the Auburn Police Department.
Inquests are fact-finding hearings before a six-member jury.