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June 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Troopers involved in Ship Canal Bridge shooting identified

UPDATE 3:41 p.m. Seattle police have released recordings of the 911 calls that came in during the Ship Canal Bridge incident.

In one audio clip, a man is heard telling a 911 dispatcher about the burning pickup.

“It looked bad,” he said. “… The guy looks insane. You might  want to, like, call police as well. Like, he literally looks crazy. He’s outside his car and the car is on fire …  holding something,  like, putting his arms up in the air. It looked terrifying.”

In a another call, a WSP dispatcher is alerting troopers that shots have been fired. The dispatcher described the suspect as a blond, bearded middle-aged man.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.:

The Washington State Patrol this afternoon identified the two troopers who fatally shot a man on the Interstate 5 bridge over the Ship Canal on Monday evening.

Troopers Andrew Boyer, 29, and Christopher Kyle, 29, are on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, agency spokesman Chris Webb wrote in a news release. Boyer, a seven-year veteran of the agency, has never used deadly force in the line of duty. Kyle, who has been with the State Patrol for two years, has also never used deadly force on the job, Webb wrote.

ORIGINAL POST:

One of the two Washington State Patrol troopers who fatally shot a man on the Interstate 5 bridge over the Ship Canal on Monday evening has been identified as Andrew Boyer.

Boyer made the news in September 2012 when he intentionally collided with a wrong-way driver in Seattle to prevent him from injuring others. In that incident, on Highway 520, Boyer positioned his car to be hit. He was not hurt, but his patrol car was damaged, according to published reports.

A law enforcement source identified Boyer as one of two  troopers involved in Monday’s shooting.

Boyer, the son of Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, and another trooper are on administrative leave after the shooting. State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb said they have not officially released the names of either trooper.

Troopers were called to the Ship Canal Bridge at 6:44 p.m. after multiple 911 callers reported a tan pickup had stopped in the center of the bridge. The callers said that after the man left the pickup it burst into flames, according to State Patrol spokesman Cliff Pratt.

An initial investigation indicated that the driver started the fire himself, Pratt said.

The two troopers and a state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) official were sent to the scene, Pratt said. As one trooper and the WSDOT official were extinguishing the fire, the second trooper walked 45 to 50 feet from the vehicle, where the pickup driver was spraying green paint on the pavement and on other vehicles.

As the trooper approached, Pratt said, the driver pulled a large knife and began to advance. The other trooper came to back up his colleague, and one of the troopers attempted to disable the man with a Taser, but for some reason the Taser did not work, Pratt said.

As the driver with the knife continued to advance, both officers shot him. The troopers called for aid, and the man was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died.

Webb, the State Patrol spokesman, said the King County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify the pickup driver.

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