Bellevue police have identified the three officers who discharged weapons in the fatal shooting Friday of an alleged robbery suspect in south Seattle.
According to police, Bellevue SWAT team officers were serving warrants on several suspects when they saw one of them in a car. They fired their weapons after the suspect started the car, police said. The officers told Seattle police, who are investigating the shooting, that they were concerned the suspect would try to run them over.
The three are Officers Casey Hiam, Jacob Bement and Jacob Childers, Bellevue police said.
All three are on paid administrative leave, which is mandatory after an incident of this nature.
Hiam was involved in a shooting in 2009, when a person charged him with a knife, according to the Bellevue Police Department. An inquest ruled the use of force was justifiable and no civil liability was associated with the incident, police said. He has been with the Bellevue Police Department for eight years and is is a field training officer who joined the SWAT team in 2007. He is currently assigned to patrol.
Childers is also a field training officer assigned to patrol, has been with the department for eight years and joined the SWAT team in 2007, police said.
Bement has been with the department for four years, is currently assigned to patrol and joined the SWAT team in 2011, according to BPD.
Bellevue police said the SWAT team had tried to serve a warrant around 5 a.m. Friday on several suspects in a series of robberies in Bellevue and Seattle. They were at the home of a brother of one of the suspects, near South Hudson Street and 42nd Avenue South, when they saw one of the suspects sitting in his car in front of the house, police said.
The suspect saw them at the same time, police said.
“He put the car in reverse and backed up with such velocity and disregard that he struck a parked Ford F-250 pickup truck and pushed it several yards into the street,” Seattle police said in a news release on Friday afternoon.
Bellevue officers gave numerous commands for the suspect to stop, but the man shifted gears and stepped on the gas, according to Seattle police.
Concern that the suspect would “drive them over rather than surrender” prompted the three officers to fire their weapons, Seattle police said.
The victim, who has not yet been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, died at Harborview Medical Center.