A man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times by Seattle police near Carkeek Park Tuesday night.
According to police spokesman Mark Jamieson, police were called to a home in the 10100 block of 4th Avenue Northwest around 7:30 p.m., 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. Jamieson said the man started saying things that didn’t make sense and made like he was going to run off.
Police officers used a Taser on him, but it was not effective because the man was wearing bulky clothing, Jamieson said. The man ran from the scene, and police gave chase. The man suddenly stopped and crouched behind a car. After a pursuing officer fell near the suspect’s feet, the suspect rose with something metal in his hands, according to police.
Police then shot him multiple times. Dana Donaly, 46, who lives across the street from the scene of the shooting said she heard seven to eight loud pops.
Medics performed CPR on the man who was estimated to be about 40 years old. A nursing supervisor at Harborview said his condition is critical.
A neighbor said he saw what took place leading up to the shooting. The neighbor, who asked that his name not be used, said the father and son came home from somewhere, and not long afterward the police came.
Once police were there, both the father and the son came out in front of the house. Some officers were behind cars with their guns drawn, he said. Police tried to use a Taser on the son, and then he ran off; shortly afterward, the neighbor said, he heard the shots and the father crying for police to stop shooting.
Other neighbors who did not want to be identified said they also heard about eight shots fired. One of them asked while staring at the shooting scene, “Why would they need to shoot him that many times? Why?”