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July 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Seattle police officer shoots, kills armed man

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Seattle police said the man who was fatally shot by an officer last night point this realistic-looking pellet gun at an officer. (Seattle police photo)

Update at 5:35 p.m.: Seattle police said this afternoon that Austin J. Derby, 36, the man fatally shot by an officer last night, carried a realistic-looking pellet gun.

While hiding in a shed following the chase from Federal Way, Derby warned approaching officers, “I’ve got a pistol, too,” police said.

An officer fired when Derby pointed the handgun at him, police said. After the shooting police learned weapon was in fact a pellet gun.

Seattle police also released this audio of a 911-recording from the incident as well as video of the chase.

Update at 3:35 p.m.: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man fatally shot by Seattle police as Austin J. Derby, 36. Cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds.

Update at 11:56 a.m.: Police confirmed the man killed by police last night was armed.

During a news conference this morning on another matter, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole  said “it’s clear [the man killed by police] had a firearm and he threatened a police officer.”

Original post: Seattle police say a man in his 30s was shot dead by an officer last night after he pointed a gun at police.

The incident began about 10:30 p.m., police say, when the State Patrol was chasing a white pickup near the Pierce-King County line.

When the truck reached Seattle, it crashed near Swift Avenue and South Eddy Street east of I-5 near Beacon Hill, police said. The man in the truck jumped out and ran a few blocks and hid behind a storage shed in someone’s yard. (The woman, who was injured, stayed in the truck and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.)

Seattle police with a dog were brought in and found the man behind the shed.

Seattle police say the man came out from behind the shed and pointed a gun at the officers. One officer fired several shots at the man, hitting him several times.

He was taken to the hospital where he later died, police said.

This is a developing story.

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