February 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Man shot by Seattle police was wanted on warrant, had assaulted woman
The 21-year-old man fatally shot by Seattle police last night following a domestic violence call near Carkeek Park was convicted of attacking a woman at the park in October 2011, according to the state Department of Corrections (DOC) and King County court documents.
A spokeswoman for DOC said that a warrant had been issued for Jack Sun Keewatinawin’s arrest on Jan. 28 after he failed to report to his community corrections officer and his treatment provider. Norah West said Keewatinawin had been under DOC supervision since Dec. 6, 2012.
Police were called to a home in the 10100 block of Fourth Avenue Northwest around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, where a 911 caller said a man was holding his father hostage with a knife. Police managed to separate the two men, and the younger man emerged from the house.
Police officers used a Taser on him, but it was not effective because the man was wearing bulky clothing, police said. The man ran from the scene. The man suddenly stopped and crouched behind a car, police said.
One of the pursuing officers slipped on the wet ground and fell on his back, landing near the suspect.
Police said the man pulled out an 18-inch piece of rebar from his beltline, raised it over his head and approached the officer. Three officers fired, hitting the man multiple times.
He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died.
The three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard following a police shooting.
According to neighbors, Keewatinawin’s father, who is terminally ill, witnessed the shooting. They also said police had been out to the house several times before.
Police plan to hold a news conference on the shooting tomorrow morning.
According to King County Superior Court documents, Keewatinawin was charged with second-degree assault with intent to commit rape in October 2011.
According to the documents, Keewatinawin was sitting on a park bench along an isolated, wooded trail at the park when a woman jogged by. In what one police officer described as a “completely unprovoked” attack, he ran up behind the woman, grabbed her in a choke hold, threw her to the ground and then pushed her head to the ground.
The victim was able to fight him off by kicking and punching him and pulling his long hair “until the suspect gave up,” police said.
Keewatinawin apologized to the woman and fled the park, according to police. As he ran, he dialed 911 and reported that he’d just attacked a woman in the park, police said. He later told police he believed his victim was a “marijuana goddess,” according to court documents.
Keewatinawin later pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.
Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green contributed to this report
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