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August 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

SPD: Probe into bus driver shooting not ‘an overnight process’

A Seattle police say the investigation into the shooting Monday of a Metro bus driver could be lengthy.

Detectives are interviewing “hundreds” of people and going through video footage, department spokeswoman Renee Witt said this morning. “Detectives are working it, but it’s not going to be an overnight process,” Witt said.

Veteran bus driver DeLoy Dupuis, 64, suffered wounds to his cheek and arm when Martin Anwar Duckworth, 31, opened fire Monday morning on Dupuis’ Route 27 bus in downtown Seattle. Duckworth then led police on a chase to a second Metro bus, where he was fatally shot by police after pointing a revolver at officers at least twice.

Duckworth died at Harborview Medical Center about seven hours later.

On Wednesday, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the shooter as Duckworth and said he died of multiple gunshot wounds. His death is classified as a homicide.

Among the unanswered questions is how and where Duckworth obtained the revolver used to shoot Dupuis. Duckworth, a felon who had a history of drug offenses and mental-health issues, was not allowed to carry a firearm.

Police have also not released the names of the four officers who opened fire on Duckworth. Witt said the names will likely be released next week. All four have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard following an officer-involved shooting.

Dupuis said Tuesday afternoon he was thankful to be alive and described the shooting as “quite an ordeal.”

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