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The Today File

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July 31, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Man fatally shot by Seattle police identified

A man who died after being shot by Seattle police at Gas Works Park on Wednesday has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Larry Andrew Flynn, 42.

According to police: officers flagged down by Seattle Parks and Recreation security who said he had been attacked by a man who was drinking and had an illegal campfire burning after the park had closed.

Four police officers found the man seated on stairs, drinking from a bottle of alcohol. Upon seeing officers, the man slammed the bottle against the concrete. He threatened officers with the broken bottle.

One officer used his Taser. When it had no apparent effect on the man a second officer fired his Taser. Again, it failed to stop him.

When the man headed for a third officer, two of the officers fired their guns.

Flynn  was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

Flynn had an extensive criminal record, including convictions for assault, criminal trespassing, obstructing law enforcement, malicious mischief, DUI, felony harassment and violation of a domestic violence order. In charges filed in 2012, King County prosecutors said that Flynn threatened fellow patients at a Seattle mental health facility and attacked staff there in June 2012.

Flynn’s last address was Compass Housing Alliance, which according to its website provides “a range of services and housing options to people struggling with homelessness and poverty in the Seattle area.”

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