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March 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Inquest ordered into fatal Seattle police shooting

An inquest has been ordered into the fatal shooting of a man by a Seattle police officer in November.

Leonid Kalyuzhnyy, 51, 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.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg recommended the inquest after his office reviewed materials from the Seattle Police Department, which conducted the investigation.

Inquests are fact-finding hearings conducted before a six-member jury. Inquest jurors answer a series of questions to determine the significant factual issues involved in the case. They are not asked to determine civil or criminal liability.

Kalyuzhnyy was the sixth person killed by police in Seattle in 2013, an unusually high number in a year that saw a similar number of homicides (29) in the city as in the previous year (27).

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