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May 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Man who shot at Seattle police outside nightclub gets 65 years

A Skyway man who was wounded by Seattle police after he opened fire on detectives outside a South Lake Union nightclub in 2012 was sentenced this afternoon to 65 years in prison.

Following a bench trial in King County Superior Court, Larry Dawson Daley Jr. was found guilty earlier this year of four counts of first-degree assault (each with a firearms enhancement) and two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

At 1:41 a.m. Nov. 25, 2012, an employee at the Citrus Lounge called 911 but wouldn’t say why police were needed, charging papers say. Officers responded to the nightclub, at 1001 Fairview Ave. N., while three gang-unit officers arrived in one car and parked across the street so they could watch the parking lot, the papers say.

As people poured out of the club at closing time, the officers saw and heard “angry yelling, challenges, name calling, obscenities and wild gesturing” between several groups of young men, the papers say.

Officers heard a gunshot and saw a young man — later identified as Daley — pull a handgun from his clothing and start firing into the crowd, according to charging papers. The officers got out of the car and yelled at Daley to stop, but he ran back toward the crowd, fired another shot, then ran directly at the officers before changing course and running south on Yale Avenue North, away from Fairview, the papers say.

Daley started chasing another man and pointed his gun at him, the papers say.

Two of the officers fired at Daley, who then turned and shot at the officers, the papers say.

Daley collapsed on the sidewalk and tried to hide under a bush, but was arrested, charging papers say. The officers recovered a 9-mm handgun and several shell casings, the papers say.

Daley, a felon with a lengthy criminal history, was treated at Harborview Medical Center.

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