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.