The Seattle police officer who fatally shot a man who fired a rifle at officers on Friday has been identified as Officer Brad Devore.
Police media relations staff said that Devore, who works as a patrol officer in the East Precinct, has been with the department for two years. Devore is on paid administrative leave, as is department policy.
The gunman, a tenant at the Elizabeth James apartment building, has not been formally identified. An official with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said they are still trying to reach next of kin.
A woman who identified herself as the dead man’s girlfriend said she doesn’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.”
Police were called to the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street about 4 a.m. Friday on a report that there was a gunshot in the area, according to police. A woman had come out of the apartment building screaming and yelling, “He’s got a gun and he’s threatening to kill me,” said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt
Officers looked up at the second floor of the building and could see a man with a rifle in an open hallway. The man yelled at officers, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at officers, Witt said. An officer fired back twice, hitting the man, police said.
SWAT team officers went into the apartment building, found the man in the hallway and performed CPR, Witt said. Medics arrived and took over, but the man died at the scene.
No one else was injured in the incident.
It’s unclear what the relationship was between the gunman and the woman who ran out of the building screaming.