Sean Munday said he became friends with Denny Way standoff suspect Joel Reuter who was shot and killed by police Friday morning when they both attended the University of Arizona. Munday said he knew the suspect for eight years.
Munday said the man had long suffered from mental and physical illness but he was not sure what triggered his friend to lash out early Friday morning.
“We were under the impression that he had a good lock down on things,” Munday said. “He just hit a boiling point.”
Munday gathered with a small group of other friends of the suspect, who were consoling each other one block away from the scene.
Seattle Police interim chief Jim Pugel said the 28-year-old Reuter was not allowed to have firearms in his possession due to court orders and that detectives are working to figure out how he acquired the Glock pistol seen by witnesses and recovered from Reuter’s residence. Reuter’s online accounts reveal a man suffering from mental illness with an interest in guns and the 2nd Amendment. Friends say he was diagnosed with cancer within the last year.
“We’re shocked and in pain,” Munday said. “He was gentle, very loving, very docile. He was a big teddy bear.”
Munday said the suspect had not been working due to his illness. He said his last job was with a Seattle tech startup.
The man had moved into the Marq within the past few months, according to neighbor Richard Oh, who told CHS he lives two units down from the suspect.
Oh, who has lived in the Marq since 2005, said that the man’s door was recently knocked down by an SPD crisis intervention team.
Oh also said the sign the man had posted on his door included a “666″ marking and warnings to the FBI and police. “Just crazy stuff,” he said.
Julie Poliak, who has also lived in the building since 2005, said she heard what sounded like a man ranting through an amplifier yesterday evening.
“It sounded like it was related to gay marriage, but I couldn’t tell if it was hate speech or not,” she said.