Seattle Police say officers shot a man Tuesday night after being called to a domestic violence disturbance and possible hostage situation in the 10000 Block of 4th Avenue NW. Police say the shots came after the suspect appeared ready to strike one of the police officers responding to the scene with what's described as "a large piece of metal." According to the Seattle Times, as of 10:14 p.m. the suspect was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Here's how things were described on the SPD Blotter blog:
At about 7:30 tonight, officers responded to a call of a domestic violence disturbance, possible hostage situation in the 10000 Block of 4th Avenue NW. The 911 call stated that a family member was threatening to hold the father hostage with a knife. Officers arrived at the house and made contact with the adult male suspect as he was walking out the front door. Officers were able to separate the suspect and the father and began giving the suspect verbal commands. The man refused to follow the officers' commands, and attempted to get back into the house. At that point, one of the officers deployed his Taser, but it was ineffective.
The man then ran down the street, and officers followed. The man stopped abruptly and crouched behind a parked car. One of the pursuing officers slipped and fell near the suspect's feet. The suspect then raised up from his crouched position holding a large piece of metal. At that point the officers were forced to fire their duty weapons. The suspect was struck several times and collapsed. Officers immediately called for Seattle Fire to respond, and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
According to the Times, the suspect who was shot was estimated to be roughly 40 years old, and neighbors who lived in the area - some who reported hearing about eight shots - were not allowed to go to their homes for several hours after the shooting. Police spokesperson Mark Jamieson also tells the Times the suspect who ended up in critical condition "started saying things that didn't make sense" when officers arrived on the scene.