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UPDATE: We now know our victim's name. It is, not kidding here, John T. Williams, with the "T" standing for "Trouble."
According to police, yesterday at around 4:15 in the afternoon, at the corner of Boren and Howell, an officer got out of his car and approached a man whittling a piece of wood with a knife. The man allegedly got up, walked towards the officer, ignored multiple commands to drop the weapon and then lunged, at which point witnesses say they heard up to four gun shots. The suspect died at the scene.
No word yet on an identity of the victim or the officer involved. That should come at a press conference later today. But the P-I was able to get video of what appears to be a friend of the victim's being arrested after threatening police.
UPDATE: Williams has a decades-long criminal history of mostly misdemeanors.
Police say he was carrying a folding knife with a three-inch blade. But as a carver and member of the Chief Seattle Club, it may not have been out of the ordinary for Williams to be carrying a knife.
Seattle Police The knife recovered at the scene.
Police say the officer ordered Williams to drop the knife three times before shooting him. But they can't say yet whether Williams actually lunged at the cop.
Meanwhile, a witness contacted the Times to tell them the cop's version of events doesn't match with what she saw:
Amber Maurina, 28, said she was driving home Monday afternoon from a doctor's appointment and was stopped at a red light at Boren and Howell. She said she was facing north on Boren and saw the officer stop his patrol car, which was facing south on Boren, and get out.
Maurina said a tall and scruffy-looking man was standing with his back to her. She said she never saw the man's hands but thought he might be urinating or fumbling around in a fanny pack. Maurina said she watched the officer approach the man and saw him mouthing something to the man, who did not appear to respond.
"His body stance did not look threatening at all," she said of the man. "I could only see the gentleman's back, and he didn't look aggressive at all. He didn't even look up at the officer."
The officer approached the man, but was still "at least two car-lengths" away when Maurina said she heard the officer say, "Hey, hey, hey," followed by five gunshots.
"I watched him kind of slowly, sort of gracefully and elegantly, fall to the ground," Maurina said of the man. "I immediately prayed and cried."