Update at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday:| Police say the man shot last night by an officer has died.
Original post:| A 35-year-old man who was reportedly waving a gun at a bus stop in Sodo late Monday night was critically injured after being shot at least once by a Seattle police officer with a rifle, Seattle police said.
The armed man, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center , was shot in the chest while standing at the bus stop on the northwest corner of First Avenue South and South Hanford Street, according to police and emergency radio communications.
The shooting occurred at about 9:40 p.m., and was witnessed by at least two civilians, said Seattle Detective Jeff Kappel.
Kappel said police responded to emergency calls of a man with a gun at the bus stop. When the first officer arrived, he saw a person walking away from the man.
The man continued waving the gun in the officer’s presence, and one of the officers at the scene shot him with a .223-caliber rifle, Kappel said.
Medics were called to the scene and administered CPR before taking the man to Harborview.
No details about the officer or the exact circumstances of the shooting were released Monday night. Kappel said the officer was placed on paid administrative leave, and details will be sorted out when the case is reviewed by the department’s force investigations team.
Kappel did not know how close the officer was to the shooting victim, or why the officer chose to use a rifle. He did say that the rifle is a higher precision weapon, and that in addition to the civilian, there was traffic on First Avenue South, along with a business nearby that was still open.
“The potential for innocent bystanders and civilians to be injured was immense,” Kappel said.
He did not know what type of gun the man had. The case is under investigation.