The Seattle Police Department on Tuesday released the names of the two SWAT officers who fatally shot an armed, mentally-ill man inside his Capitol Hill apartment on Friday.
Officers Chad Zentner, 44, and Jeff Geoghagan, 42, were both placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard in officer-involved shootings, said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. Zentner has been on the Seattle force since March 1996, while Geoghagan was hired in April 1994.
Both are veteran SWAT team members, which Whitcomb described as “an elite unit” that is deployed to respond to the most high-risk situations.
Geoghagan has been involved in three earlier shootings, while Zentner had not been involved in any prior to Friday, Whitcomb said.
After an hours-long standoff that began shortly after 3 a.m. Friday, police say Joel Reuter, a fifth-floor resident of the Marq Condos at Denny Way and Bellevue Avenue, fired a Glock 9 mm handgun at SWAT officers, and Zentner returned fire, firing three times.
Reuter retreated into his apartment, re-emerged waving his gun and was shot by Geoghagan, Whitcomb said. Both officers struck Reuter, who died from multiple gun shot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.