Police Shoot Burglary Suspect After He Fatally Stabs K9 Dog, Injures Officer (Updated)

Originally posted 1/5/22

Police shot and killed a burglary suspect in South Seattle on Wednesday after he fatally stabbed a police dog and injured an officer during a struggle.

Around 2:45 PM, the resident of a home in the 2200 block of South Eddy called 911 and reported a man armed with a knife was breaking into their home.

A K9 team arrived on the call, saw the suspect, and began pursuing him as he fled on foot.

In the 6700 block of Swift Avenue South, a police dog engaged with the suspect. The suspect then fatally stabbed the dog and injured an officer in an ensuing struggle.

Another officer arrived on scene and fired at the suspect, fatally striking him.

The Force Investigation Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting. Representatives of the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of Inspector General also responded to the scene.

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

UPDATE 1/7/22:

The Seattle Police Department is releasing video of this incident, showing a K9 team, an SPD patrol officer, and a patrol sergeant contacting the burglary suspect. The video shows the suspect, who was armed with a machete and a knife, fatally stabbing Police Dog Jedi before an officer opens fire, fatally striking the suspect.

This matter remains an active and ongoing investigation by the Force Investigation Team and the Office of Police Accountability. New and updated information will continue to be added to this post as it becomes available. 

The officer who opened fire—Officer Tim Jones, who has been with SPD for 15 years—has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

The video, which includes 911 audio, contains graphic content.