A man who Seattle police fatally shot late last month after he fired a rifle at officers has been identified.
Leonid Kalyuzhnyy died from a gunshot wound of the chest, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Monday. His age was not determined.
Kalyuzhnyy was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Brad Devore about 4 a.m. Nov. 29, after police were called to the Elizabeth James House in the Central District on reports of a gunshot.
A woman came out of the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street, screaming, “He’s got a gun, and he’s threatening to kill me,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt said after the incident.
Officers looked up at the building’s second floor and could see a man, later identified as Kalyuzhnyy, with a rifle in an open hallway. Kalyuzhnyy yelled, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at the officers, Witt said. Devore fired back twice, hitting Kalyuzhnyy, police said.
SWAT team officers went into the building, found Kalyuzhnyy and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but Kalyuzhnyy died at the scene.
A woman who identified herself as Kalyuzhnyy’s girlfriend later told The Seattle Times she didn’t know what could have led to him to shoot at police. She said he had a rifle but described him as “a good guy” and someone who “would give you the shirt off his back.”
Devore, who works as a patrol officer in the East Precinct, has been with the department for two years. He is on paid administrative leave, as per department policy.