Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey said Wednesday that two officer-involved shootings that occurred about a day apart were the result of suspects drinking and making threats with firearms.
The first shooting happened early Sunday morning, when an officer shot and wounded a man after receiving reports of a man threatening to shoot and kill another man in a Belltown parking lot, Bailey said. Assistant Police Chief Carmen Best identified the officer who fired as gang Detective Jon Huber.
The second shooting occurred around 9:40 on Monday night, when an officer shot a man at a bus stop after police said he threatened them with a gun in the Sodo neighborhood. Andrew Law, 36, later died of his injuries, police said.
Bailey revealed at a news conference this afternoon that Law had been armed with a fake gun, something that was only determined after the shooting.
Bailey defended Officer Jason Atofau, who shot his rifle at Law, saying that it would be tough to distinguish a real gun from a fake during that late night shooting.
Huber and Atofau are on paid administrative leave while the Seattle police investigate the two shootings.