Seattle police opened fire on a suspect Monday afternoon, hitting the man’s vehicle as he sped away, police said.
The suspect, who was not hit, was arrested a short time later.
The man was reportedly involved in some sort of suspicious activity when two officers first spotted him around 1:30 p.m. in a parking lot near Taylor Avenue North and Denny Way, according to Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel. When officers approached the man he sped off in a white Dodge Durango.
The officers fired at the vehicle, striking it, Kappel said. It wasn’t immediately known why the officers opened fire.
The man drove to a parking lot at Seventh Avenue and Bell Streets, near the Hurricane Cafe, where he abandoned the Durango and took off on foot, Kappel said. Police arrested him near Ninth Avenue and Blanchard Street.
The man, who is in his 30s, was not hit by gunfire, Kappel said.
To view a video of Kappel discussing the incident, click here.
Here’s what the Seattle Police Department’s “Policy and Procedure Manual” says about officers shooting at moving vehicles:
“An officer shall not discharge a firearm at the driver, occupants, or a moving vehicle unless deadly physical force is being used against the officer or another person by means other than a moving vehicle, or, the moving vehicle poses an imminent and ongoing threat of substantial physical harm to the officer or another person from which there is no reasonable means to escape and the risks are outweighed by the need to use deadly physical force. Once the threat of the moving vehicle ceases, an officer shall not discharge his or her firearm.”