Fatal Police Shooting of a “Man in Crisis” Allegedly Armed with a Knife in Seattle

Updated: Feb 20

“Per policy, the department will release video of the incident within 72 hours.”

Seattle, WA - Seattle Police shot and killed a man who was armed with a bloody butcher knife on the Waterfront late Tuesday.

**UPDATE Feb.17, officer worn body-camera footage has been released, scroll down for video.**

Raw video, recorded moments after the shooting, shows officers giving the suspect chest compressions on the ground in the middle of the street while waiting for an ambulance.

SPD shared details of the incident in a news release:

Around 9:20 p.m., Port of Seattle Police contacted Seattle Police about a man in crisis, armed with a knife, at Alaskan Way and Seneca Street.
When officers arrived, the man, who had reportedly cut himself, fled down Alaskan Way.
Police approached the man and attempted to use a less-lethal tool, but the device was ineffective. The man moved toward officers, and two Seattle Police officers fired, fatally striking the man.
Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability, the Office of Inspector General and the SPD Force Investigation Team responded to the scene.
The officers will be placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with SPD policy while the investigation is ongoing.
Per policy, the department will release video of the incident within 72 hours.

Image of a knife recovered from the scene.

Update: Officer worn body-camera footage has been released in this case.

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