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August 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Neighbors knew little about the man shot dead by police on Queen Anne

Corrected version

Police officers and SWAT respond to a scene with a suspect barricaded inside a structure in the Queen Anne. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Police officers and SWAT respond to a scene with a suspect barricaded inside a structure in the Queen Anne. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Neighbors of the man shot dead by Seattle police Saturday night on Queen Anne say they knew little about him because he had just moved in a few months ago.

But one neighbor said he walked his dog regularly and another said he gave money to a neighbor child’s fundraising efforts for animal welfare.

A third neighbor said he heard that the man had once expressed anger about the way people parked on the street.

One thing police are saying is that when they got inside the man’s house after he was shot and had died, they found a stockpile of weapons and body armor in the home.

Police said they were called to the home in the 300 block of West Prospect Street, which is one of many large, nicely landscaped houses on the tree-lined street overlooking Elliott Bay, around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of gunfire.

As officers arrived, they heard continued gunfire and saw a man brandishing a weapon,  police said.

SPD spokesman Patrick Michaud said police had had previous encounters with the man.

Michaud said the gunman retreated into his house through the front door when he saw them, but then re-emerged and fired on the officers.

Two rifle-equipped and trained officers, who had taken positions near the front of the house, shot the man, police said. The wounded man crawled back into his house, out of view of the officers, police said.

Over the next several hours, SWAT officers attempted in vain to make contact with the suspect, police said.

A robot was sent into the building and helped determine that the man died of his injuries, police said. SWAT officers entered the home and found multiple firearms, including semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and body armor, near the front door, police said.

No one else was injured during this incident.

It is still not clear what the suspect was shooting at just prior to the officers’ arrival although on Sunday morning, K9 units trained to detect ballistics were searching the area in front of the house.

One neighbor, a 10-year-old girl who had her parents’ permission to speak, said she was at home with her father on Saturday night when she heard what originally sounded like firecrackers.

When she and her father looked outside, they saw police arriving, she said. Soon, officers in riot gear told them to go back inside and lock the door.

Property records show the house sold for $2.2 million in June of 2013.

After the shooting,  Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and members of the Office of Professional Accountability arrived to observe the investigation.

Police said that in accordance with department policy, both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Michaud said on Sunday that no new information would be released until Monday.

Information in this article, originally published Aug. 31, 2014, was corrected Aug. 31, 2014. The house where the shooting incident occurred was sold in June of 2013. An earlier version of this story said it was sold in June 2014.
Police officers and SWAT respond to a scene with a suspect barricaded inside a structure in the Queen Anne. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Police officers and SWAT respond to a scene with a suspect barricaded inside a structure in the Queen Anne. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

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