Officer-Involved Shooting Following Domestic Violence Call

Officers were forced to fire their weapons when a man suddenly raised a large piece of metal toward the officers after he ran from them following a domestic violence/hostage call officers were investigating in Northwest Seattle tonight.

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.

Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation.  This remains an active and on-going investigation.  This is preliminary information and we will have additional information tomorrow.