Whittling man fatally shot by police | Downtown Seattle News
September 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
A man was fatally shot by police in downtown Seattle on Monday afternoon, according to police.
The shooting occurred on the northwest corner of Boren Ave. and E. Howell St. at approximately 4:15 p.m.
Police said an officer was on patrol when he spotted a man sitting on the sidewalk, whittling, and approached him.
The officer told the man to drop the knife several times, police said, but instead of doing so, he stood up. When the man refused to heed to his commands, the officer opened fire and hit the man.
The unidentified man was fatally injured. Nearby witnesses said they heard as many as five shots being fired.
“It was rapid succession of five or six shots, straight to the chest. It was point blank,” said one witness who wished to remain anonymous.
According to city code, it is unlawful for anyone to “carry concealed or unconcealed on his or her person any dangerous knife, or carry concealed on his or her person any deadly weapon other than a firearm.”
The code qualifies “any dangerous knife” as “any fixed-blade knife and any other knife having a blade more than three and one-half inches in length.”
The name of the involved officer has not been released, but Seattle Police Chief John Diaz did comment on his performance.
“He’s considered a very good officer. He has a good record,” he said.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard in such cases.
The incident will be reviewed by what the chief calls a shooting review board.