Seattle Police have released new details and officer-worn bodycam footage from the incident on Melrose Ave Tuesday night in which a reportedly suicidal man carrying a gun opened fire and was shot by officers.
The video shows a tense scene outside a Melrose Ave apartment building where the 37-year-old can be seen leaving the building carrying a pistol and later is confronted by police as he holds the weapon.
“Go ahead and shoot me,” the man appears to say. “Nobody wants to shoot you,” an officer yells back. “I just want to talk to you but I can’t talk to you with a gun in your hand.” As the officer trying to negotiate with the man yells “Do not point that gun at me,” a single shot rings out followed by a barrage of bullets as officers returned fire.
The man sustained serious injuries in the shooting and was taken to Harborview for surgery but we do not know his condition. SPD says his injuries are considered non-life-threatening. He has not yet been charged.
The officers involved in the shooting were not identified by SPD. Officers are generally placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Seattle Police provided new details on what lead to the shooting around 9:30 that night.
At 9:20 PM on March 19th, police received a 911 call from the family member of a 37-year-old man, who was in crisis and had armed himself with a handgun. The man left his apartment in the 1600 block of Melrose Avenue on foot after telling a family member he wanted police to shoot him. In footage captured at the scene by surveillance cameras and police body-worn video, the suspect can be seen leaving his apartment building, carrying a gun in his hand, at 9:27 PM before being contacted by police. Two minutes later, video from officer body-cam shows a police contact team communicating with the man, who appeared to be manipulating the slide of a handgun, and did not follow officers’ instructions to drop his weapon. “You’re gonna shoot me, because I’m not putting this gun down,” the man said. “That’s what I want.” After making that statement, the man raised his handgun and pointed it at officers.
Police say a handgun was recovered at the scene.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent investigation under an agreement under Initiative 940 for the investigation of law enforcement use of deadly force.
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