A 23-year-old Seattle man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail Tuesday for his alleged involvement in a fatal officer-involved shooting at Sodo Station on Monday afternoon.
The man waived his court appearance, but jail records show he was booked late Monday on investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm and assaulting a police officer.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case, video surveillance footage shows that three men – two 23-year-olds and a 26-year-old – were escorted off train No. 144 B by three Sound Transit fare-enforcement officers at the Sodo Station. A King County deputy assigned to Sound Transit police was called to assist, it says.
The three men all had backpacks.
One of the 23-year-olds was armed with a gun in his right hand, and the deputy wrestled with him and grabbed the man’s right wrist while drawing his own gun with his right hand, the statement says. During the struggle, the second 23-year-old grabbed the deputy’s wrist and arm from behind, according to the statement.
The first 23-year-old man was shot and the deputy managed to break free from the grasp of the second man, who fell to the ground and put his hands up in surrender as the deputy turned and pointed his gun at the second man, it says.
The second man slipped out of his backpack as other deputies arrived, says the statement. Inside, officers found a 9 mm handgun with two loaded magazines and an additional 19 rounds of ammunition, the statement says. He has a previous felony drug conviction and is barred from possessing a firearm, the statement says.
The 26-year-old man was interviewed and released, according to a Seattle police spokesman.
The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the deputy who opened fire.